Summer heat will NOT slow down the coronavirus outbreak

Monday, April 20, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Franz Walker
Monday, April 20, 2020

A new study has found that summer will not slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the northern hemisphere. Previously, it was believed that an increase in ambient temperatures would slow the virus’s spread, as it does with other infectious diseases such as influenza and SARS. However, after comparing transmission rates with weather data, scientists from Fudan University in Shanghai revealed that no such relationship seems to exist for COVID-19.

“It is premature to count on warmer weather to control COVID-19,” states the study. “And relying on seasonality to curb this pandemic can be a dangerous line of thought.”

Ambient temperature does not affect the virus’s transmission ability

In the study, Dr. Wang Weibing and his colleagues used data from China’s National Health Commission, together with those from provincial health commissions, to analyze the spread of COVID-19 infections in the country. The team included 224 cities in China, including 17 in Hubei province, where the pandemic began.

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