People wade through a flooded area in Pakistan, that has been dealing with what people are calling "monster monsoons".

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When discussing the current and future impacts of climate change, the biggest and most visible events like floods and storms may come to mind. 

But a new study published this month in the journal Naturereveals that rising temperatures, as well as things like droughts and wildfires, may have a connection with the spread of diseases, including COVID-19.

Camilo Mora is a climate scientist at the University of Hawaii, and is one of the authors of the study that examines the implications of these microscopic shifts. 

Mora joined All Things Considered to break down his findings and what this could mean for the future.

This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity