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Coronavirus Update: Global Resolution
July 3, 2020
As we enter the fifth month of the Coronavirus pandemic, there is still indication of a rise in cases with some zones actually showing surges. Cases have topped 11,000,000 worldwide with the United States experiencing a record number of cases in recent days, totaling around 2,800,000. Surprisingly, southern states considered nearer the equator, such as Florida, California, Texas, Arizona and Georgia are showing the most coronavirus cases.
Many have pondered how long will this keep up ? When will the pandemic end ?
When referring to world history, it is known the last major virus pandemic was the Spanish Flu of 1918, which lasted two years. Depending on man’s intervention, a virus is eventually subdued by the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation over a course of time, and that could range anywhere from one to two years. In 1918, little was known how to handle pandemics, and so it took a period of two years for the virus to finally let go.
Hopefully, with better organization and management of pandemics in our present day, the coronavirus should be on the shorter path of perhaps one year, or less.
Some are confused that while they are experiencing the warmer climate and bright sunshine where they live, they are still hampered by many COVID-19 cases and imposed by the same pandemic practices of early March and April. That’s because a virus-spread is a global issue, and to end the pandemic at any one location, it is necessary to end the pandemic in the entire world.
Since the planet tilts at 23.5 degrees to the Sun, when the Northern Hemisphere experiences intense sun - the Southern Hemisphere does not. As the seasons pass from summer to winter, this reverses. Only half the planet experiences intense sunlight at any given time.Only half the planet experiences intense sunlight
at any given time.
The tilt of the Earth causes Summer in one hemisphere while it is Winter in the other hemisphere.
The factor causing uniformity over the entire planet are the air currents.
Atmospheric air warms up near the equator and flows towards the North and South poles. At the same time the rotation of the Earth causes these currents to deflect laterally, called the Coriolis effect. As the air currents cool, they descend in a northeast-to-southwest pattern in the Northern hemisphere and vice-versa in the Southern hemisphere. They eventually arrive back at the equator where the pattern repeats. These are commonly known as trade winds, since ships have historically used these winds to aid there journey. Meteorologically, this is called ‘global atmospheric circulation’, and describes how air in the atmosphere moves around the world.
Air currents are affected by the warmth at the Equator and the Coriolis effect of the Earth's rotation. The global atmospheric circulation are commonly known as Trade Winds.
While it appears you may be experiencing the healthy effects of warmth and brightness from the Sun, there are also air currents which are constantly moving around the Earth causing the virus to flow in-and-out of land regions, including warm locations. Although the virus is thought to be thinning-out in warmer spots, “jumping-the-gun” and ending quarantine too soon can lead to a continuation - and even increase - in sickness, and a possible delay to ending the pandemic. From these “growing pains’”, it appears the best viewpoint to adopt is how to end the coronavirus pandemic by a worldwide effort. This implies a gradual reopening of business throughout the world as the virus gradually dissipates and thins from the Earth’s atmosphere.