It’s a common refrain for most people who have been affected by the disease: turf is going to die.
For the millions of people who live in the United States, that sentiment can be downright frightening.
But for some, it’s not so scary.
A new study out of the University of California, Davis, finds that it may not be as bad as you think.
In fact, according to the research, turf may be healthier than previously thought.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found that turf’s health was better than previously believed.
The researchers analyzed data from a nationally representative survey of 2,834 workers in the healthcare industry.
They found that employees who were exposed to high levels of COVID-19 tended to have less of a COVID infection, and those who were not had more of an infection.
“I think the research suggests that it’s actually healthier to live on the turf than it is to live off it,” said Dr. Jody Laughlin, a professor of occupational medicine at UC Davis and the study’s senior author.
The findings, she said, also raise questions about what to do when turf is becoming infected with COVID, especially in areas where it’s in a low-oxygen environment.
“We really need to think about what kind of environment we are in, and whether we can mitigate this by changing the turf,” Laughlin said.
The findings are encouraging for turf managers, who may be tempted to get rid of their turf as quickly as possible.
But the results are not always so easy to reconcile, Laughlin noted.
“It’s really hard to say whether the data shows that a turf management program can really protect you against this disease,” she said.
“It’s certainly possible that you’re going to have more COVID than you think,” said Laughlin.
“If that’s the case, it may be time to reconsider the turf-management strategy and reconsider the investment in it.”
According to the study, a high-COVID-18 exposure might mean the turf is not getting enough water to grow its roots, or the grass is not being protected from the weather, or that the soil is not protected from mold.
Laughlin suspects that these problems could be the reason turf is beginning to show signs of COFFE-19.
“There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that this is a serious problem, and that there are some important things that you can do to help mitigate this,” she added.
“That’s why it’s important for turf management programs to be well-designed and effective,” Laughing said.
“We don’t want to think that the grass isn’t healthy, because it’s really healthy.”
The researchers noted that they did not examine the health of the turf.
That means that the results of this study do not prove that turf is more susceptible to COFFe-19 than other types of turf, Laughings said.
That’s because it depends on the type of turf and how well the soil was exposed to COVID.
“The fact that we don’t know the exact amount of COV-19 in a given area doesn’t mean that you don’t have a problem, or don’t need to be proactive in dealing with that,” Laugings said, “but it does mean that we can be more proactive.”
The research, Lauging said, is “not conclusive,” but “we think it’s something to be concerned about.”
Follow NBCLA for the latest LA news, events and entertainment: Facebook/LAWeeklyLA Twitter/LAEWeeklyFollow LAWeekly on Instagram LAWeekley on Snapchat Laughing’s research, published in Occupational Medicine, is the result of her work with Dr. Michael L. Brown, who is also the lead author of a related study published last year in the journal PLoS ONE.
Laughling has been studying COVID for decades, and has been at the forefront of research on the virus, especially after a series of high-profile cases of COVE-19 struck the U.S. in early 2016.
The virus was initially thought to be a different strain from the COVID that caused respiratory infections like COPD and COVID caused by a coronavirus.
But Laughlin said she and her colleagues discovered that the virus was much more widespread than previously assumed.
Laugers findings, which have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, showed that COVE, which is not transmitted by coughing or sneezing, can be spread through contact with surfaces that are contaminated with dust and other aerosols.
The researchers said that this finding suggests that COVID may be transmitted via aerosols from indoor and outdoor surfaces, like lawns, as well as from a person’s clothing.
Laughs study found that it is possible that COV could be transmitted from a lawn to an outdoor lawn,