Open data on COVID-19 and Heat-Health published

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that poor communities living in high density urban environments across low- and middle-income countries in the Global South would confront the combined effects of COVID-19 and extreme heat. Whilst mitigation measures - such as lock-downs, home quarantines and social distancing - were going to prove difficult …

Work complete on large scale, remote survey to understand impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on heat stress

As part of our engagement on COVID-19, in August 2020 the Cool Infrastructures project completed a rapid, large scale data collection exercise across four cities in India, Pakistan, Cameroon and Indonesia. The exercise was intended to produce critical information and resources about the nexus of Covid-19 and extreme heat for particularly vulnerable urban populations.

New Publication: “Heat and COVID-19 in the Off Grid City”

FROM SOMATOSPHERE: Amidst almost unstoppable contagion, many have hung their hopes on heat and humidity as a potential defence against contracting Covid-19. In the early months of the pandemic studies of SARS-CoV-2 suggested that the virus is transmitted less efficiently in higher temperatures or at higher rates of humidity, leading to encouraging newspaper headlines around the world, …

New Briefing Note on Informal Settlements for the Global Heat-Health Action Network

COVID-19 amplifies the risks of hot weather, and 2020 is on track to be one of the hottest years on record. We worked with the Global Heat Health Action Network to develop a briefing note on issues and options to take into consideration when managing the health risks of extreme heat in informal settlements during …