If you believe in a finding published in the US National Library of Medicine, there is a piece of good news for the people living in high altitudes.

In the research paper ‘Does the pathogenesis of SAR-CoV-2 virus decrease at high-altitude?” written by Christian Arias-Reyes of the University of Institute of Cardiology and Respiratory of Quebec, Canada, people living in high altitudes are less susceptible to coronavirus infections.

The analysis is based on her epidemiological data of inhabitants living above the altitude of 2,500 meters in Tibet (China), Bolivia, and Ecuador. She has concluded the reason behind the low severity of Covid-19 pandemic in high altitudes could be the environmental factors like a drastic change in temperature, dryness of the air and a higher level of UV radiation which acts like ‘natural sanitizer’ among several other factors.

Pramesh Pradhan

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