As the weather begins to warm up and summer approaches, many people may wonder if that also means easing up on social distancing, as there is a belief that COVID-19 may be like influenza and returning seasonally in the winter months. However, a group of Harvard disease researchers recently stated that people around the world may need to practice some level of social distancing from time to time through 2022 to keep the virus from resurging and overwhelming hospital systems.
Whether or not it is seasonal, it is important to remember that COVID-19 mostly spreads among people in close contact (within about 6 feet) with others for a prolonged period. The virus spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.