UAE: Foggy weather causes spike in flu cases

Published on January 24 2021

Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen, a specialist in respiratory medicine, Medeor Hospital Dubai and Burjeel Specialty Hospital Sharjah, said: “Fog by itself cannot cause any respiratory infections, but the pollutants and pathogenic organisms in it can cause or worsen respiratory diseases. For people with underlying respiratory conditions, these fog pollutants can aggravate their lung functions. 


Cold temperature and humidity play a significant role in spiking viral infections like influenza. With the virus surviving in the air for a longer time and with people staying indoors, there is an increase in the risk of transmission of infections like influenza.”