Kiowa County weather outlook – week of April 5, 2020

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Published Saturday, April 4, 2020
by Steve Norris

It is a fantastic forecast that I bring you, for the weekend through Wednesday, with sunny skies and high temperatures from the upper 70s to low 80s.

Sunday morning will be cold, with temperatures in the low-to-mid 30s, but mostly 40s for lows this week.

The big question I was getting this week was if rain can wash the coronavirus away? The answer is no! There is still a lot that is not known about the weather and its effects on the virus, but we do know some coronaviruses can survive in water for up to two days, meaning that heavy rain may have lifted the virus off some surfaces only to deposit it onto others. Water alone is not effective at killing or washing away the virus! The only way to effectively wash a surface is to use soap or domestic cleaners in addition to water. Soap molecules can break down a virus shell, destroying the virus. 

So, is it okay to get out and enjoy the fresh air on a pretty day? The answer is yes according to most doctors, if you avoid close contact with others. The coronavirus is thought to spread primarily through close contact between people - within about six feet. The primary mode of transmission is through respiratory droplets. There is better airflow outside than in confined spaces. That air flow outside reduces the risk of one person transmitting the virus to another through droplets in the air, says Albert Ko, a Yale epidemiologist. "So, if you're going out and you're hiking or biking or running and you're not within, say, six feet or 10 feet of another person, I would consider that a healthy, safe practice."

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