"This one is one where we have to be aware, and it is learning about us as we're learning about it", said Harris. "But what it particularly likes is jumping from one person to another when we come in close contact, so let's not give it that opportunity".
Carried out by data scientists in the UK, Norway, and the United States, the study is one of the first to investigate which personal and work-related factors can lead to COVID-19 transmission.
She said some of those who have recovered from coronavirus symptoms have longer-term effects, including extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, and difficulty in resuming normal activities, such as going to the gym and returning to work.
She said World Health Organization is monitoring coronavirus cases occurring alongside normal seasonal influenza cases amid the southern hemisphere's winter, adding that lab samples are suggesting a delayed start to flu season, per Reuters.
"But at the moment, first, second, third wave - these things don't really make sense".
While referring to the elusive nature of the virus, she said that we must look beyond seasons.
"The most intense and the highest numbers are being experienced in the USA".
1,461 new deaths were recorded, the highest one-day increase since May.
"We also have seen large outbreaks and very warm equatorial countries like the Philippines".
Scientists maintain it's far less risky to be outside than indoors because virus droplets disperse in the fresh air, reducing the chances of COVID-19 transmission. The researchers said this suggests that aerosol transmission is very likely, as if COVID-19 transmission was exclusively due to droplets, which are bigger than aerosols and are thought to travel relatively short distances and drop quickly from the air, taller individuals would not be at higher risk.
"It is people coming together and people, not social distancing, not taking the precautions to ensure they're not in close contact".
Harris reiterated the call to slow the spread of the virus by avoiding mass gatherings.