Sahara dust cloud hits Florida as coronavirus cases continue to spike

A dust cloud is about to hit the southeastern part of the United States where coronavirus cases are spiking.

Published Mon, Jun 29 2020 2:35 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The United States weather service has warned that a dust cloud is moving towards the southeastern part of the U.S.

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According to the National Weather Service, a large dust cloud is moving towards the southeastern part of the United States, and is expected to severely impact Florida in particular. It's expected that the dust cloud will reduce the overall air quality, visibility, and cause hazy skies. According to experts who spoke to NBC News, people with respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus may see their current conditions aggravated due to the dust particles.

Since the cloud is hitting Florida the hardest, many experts are concerned that the dust cloud could cause extreme strain on hospitals that are already under heavy load. At the time of writing this, Florida's intensive-care unit availability is at about 24 percent, with over 141,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida. Gregory Wellenius, a professor of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health, told NBC News said that there could be a link between air pollution and COVID-19 symptoms.

Here's what Wellenius said, "Things like the wildfire season, hurricane season and extreme weather events, including this dust storm, may be magnified this year because resources are already stretched thin. Just because we're in a pandemic world doesn't mean that other hazards that we tend to worry about aren't happening."

It's recommended to keep windows and doors closed while the dust cloud is present. It's expected that by Monday, the majority of the dust cloud would have passed.

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