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February 15, 2021


Saturday at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It appears scientists are still not completely certain of the effect of cold weather on the transmissibility of the coronavirus, but based on articles written over the last few months, it is clear that cold weather can increase risk factors involved in the spread of the virus. 

First and foremost, of course, is the fact that cold weather tends to drive us indoors, where the risk of transmission is far greater, as we already know.  In addition, according to Colin Furness, Infection Control Epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, cold air helps viruses remain active and able to infect and also makes us less efficient at filtering pathogens.    

You may also be interested in the following articles:

- Does coronavirus spread more easily in cold temperatures? Here’s what we knowThe Conversation (October, 2020)

- Does the cold air make COVID-19 spread more easily? Huffington Post (January, 2021)

- How does weather affect COVID-19? – Medical News Today (August, 2020)

- Reducing coronavirus risk as we spend more time indoors for fall and winterPublic Health Insider Blog (October, 2020)

As always, I would like to hear from you. You can call me at 206-477-1004 or you can reach me by email at 

All the best and I hope you are staying safe.