Swiss German speakers could be more at risk of Covid-19
A leading doctor says Swiss German speakers could be more at risk of contracting Covid-19 due the many guttural sounds needed by the dialect.
Bern based immunologist, Beda Stadler, told the Blick newspaper speaking Swiss German puts a great strain on the throat – which could promote infection.
But he has some good news. He believes as warmer weather comes, the number of infections will fall.
There are several reasons for this, he says. People will not be in such close contact with each other, the changes in temperatures we experience in the winter from indoors and outdoors will lessen – which causes inflamed mucus membranes and increases infections – ands he says the biggest threat to the virus is UV light. More sunlight will kill the virus in droplets and on surfaces. He says its no surprise there are far fewer infections in Africa and South America.