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Altitudinal Variation in Prevalence of COVID-19 Infection in India: Data-based Analysis
Shazia Durdana
Department of General Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Corresponding Author:
Dr Shazia Durdana
Email: durdana786.sd@gmail.com
Received: 15-MAR-2021 Accepted: 12-JUN-2021 Published Online: 25-JUN-2021
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17659/01.2021.0035
Background: The present study aims to analyze the epidemiological data of COVID-19 in Indian subcontinent in terms of altitude, to understand the difference in body’s response to COVID at high altitudes in comparison to low-lands and to understand whether physiological adaptation to counteract hypoxic environment at high altitudes, is also protective against adverse impacts of COVID-19. Material and Methods: The relationship of the reported positive cases and COVID deaths per million population was compared at different altitudes. Results: COVID-19 positive cases decline with high altitude. Conclusion: There might be a positive role of high altitudes in decreasing the prevalence of COVID-19 infection. Various environmental and physiological factors that might contribute to the altitudinal variations in COVID-19 are also discussed.
Keywords : Acclimatization; Altitude; COVID-19, Hypoxia, Erythropoietin.
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