As the find out today the first U.S. based patient has died from Ebola I'm sure panic will begin in parts of this country and maybe other parts of the world. We are heading into the colder part of the year and this could have big ramifications on the spread of this deadly disease if not handle the right way. We are being told by the CDC that this is strickly a "Bodily Fluid Spread" virus and not to panic but are being not told something? Even with this just being a bodily fluid virus we need to have some concerns heading in the closer confines of winter weather and how we interact at home, the office and in travel with people.
A new study may have the answer to why you are more likely to get sick in the winter vs. the summer. It's not the cold air like your mom used to say it was...it's the lower humidity. ABSOLUTE HUMIDITY is the measurement of the total amount of water vapor in the air at a given temperature. Relative humidity, a percentage, is a ratio between the water vapor present and the air's saturation point, a figure that changes with the temperture.
Earlier studies of humidity and the flu had focused on the relative humidity us weather guys tell you each day in our reports. We are findiong out that relative humidity has no link but absolute humidity does have the link. So here is how it works, The colder and drier it gets the spread of the flu increases.
After looking over these studies a few more times, which contained data on absolute humidity, they found a much more powerful connection. Absolute humidity conditions explain most of these changes. The researchers do not know exactly what it is about low absolute humidity that the flu and other viruses like. But they suggest that absolute humidity levels be raised in buildings such as hospitals and medical clinics where the disease most often spreads. "This gets us a big step closer to one type of mechanism" for how the flu and other potential viruses spreads, said epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University.
YOUR HOME'S HEATING SYSTEM