Deciphering the connections between climate conditions and the development and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oceanographic and atmospheric data will be used together with the pandemic health data to study correlations between the expansion of SARS-CoV-2 and climatic conditions. The objective is to identify how climate modulates environmental conditions that may favor or inhibit the persistence and expansion of SARS-CoV-2. The main novelty of this approach lies in the preparation of climate data (averaged over spatial-temporal scales of incidence on local spread of the virus) and their joint analysis with validated health data, including the reproductive index (normalized considering population density and distance measures).
Principal Investigator: José Luis Pelegrí (ICM)