OPINION: Coronavirus & The Sun: A Lesson From The 1918 Influenza Pandemic - Dr Hobday
Dr. Richard Hobday an independent researcher working in the fields of infection control, public health and building design has written the following paper detailing his opinion on how the world can tackle the COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc all over the world.
In the paper, Dr Hobday talks about the role open-air, fresh air and sunlight can play in mitigating the novel coronavirus.
The doctor opined:
Fresh air, sunlight and improvised face masks seemed to work a century ago; and they might help us now.
When new, virulent diseases emerge, such SARS and Covid-19, the race begins to find new vaccines and treatments for those affected. As the current crisis unfolds, governments are enforcing quarantine and isolation, and public gatherings are being discouraged. Health officials took the same approach 100 years ago, when influenza was spreading around the world. The results were mixed. But records from the 1918 pandemic suggest one technique for dealing with influenza little-known today was effective. Some hard-won experience from the greatest pandemic in recorded history could help us in the weeks and months ahead.
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Influenza patients getting sunlight at the Camp Brooks emergency open-air hospital in Boston. Medical staff were not supposed to remove their masks. (National Archives)
Put simply, medics found that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors. A combination of fresh air and sunlight seems to have prevented deaths among patients; and infections among medical staff. There is scientific support for this. Research shows that outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there is now evidence it can kill the flu virus.
Read the rest of the paper on how open-air treatment, sunlight ,fresh air, face masks and temporary hospitals can be used during the pandemic to mitigate the pandemic Coronavirus and the Sun RH March 2020