Ok! so how more lucky people living in the high altitude areas can get? First, they have this beautiful scenic nature to behold (imagine quarantining their) and now researchers have discovered that people who are living on higher altitudes are less likely to experience the deadly effects of the novel coronavirus.
This was revealed after researchers compared the COVID-19 cases in high altitude areas with the ones living in lower altitudes.
Lower and higher altitudes location in Bolivia and Ecuador in South America as well as in Tibet were taken into consideration for the study. The comparison found that novel coronavirus in the higher-altitude region is three-fold lower than in the lowlands of the aforementioned places.
As per the research, people living in high-altitude are exposed to low oxygen, or ‘hypoxic’, conditions. This helps them better transport oxygen into their arteries, which is needed to maintain good immunity.
These people also entertain less ACE2 enzyme, which helps in the spread of the virus in the human body. Moreover, people living in higher altitudes are more exposed to sunlight. And sunlight proves to be a natural sanitiser for their body.
Study co-author Gustavo Zubieta-Calleja, director of Bolivia’s High Altitude Pulmonary and Pathology Institute said in a statement to Financial Times, “At sea-level, when people get coronavirus and their lungs get destroyed, it is as if they are climbing Mount Everest in just a couple of days, without oxygen. But people at high altitude are physically adapted to lower levels of oxygen in the blood through increased ventilation, augmented arterial oxygen transport and higher tissue oxygenation.”