Will Warm Weather Stop the Outbreak of COVID-19?
While some viruses, like the common cold and flu, spread more widely and frequently during colder seasons, at this time, it is not known for certain whether the spread of novel coronavirus will decrease with the arrival of warmer weather.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently published a new report summarizing research that looked at how well the COVID-19 coronavirus survives in varying temperatures and humidity levels, and whether the spread of this coronavirus may slow in warmer and more humid weather.
The report found that in laboratory settings, higher temperatures and higher levels of humidity decreased survival of the COVID-19 coronavirus. However, studies looking at viral spread in varying climate conditions in the natural environment had inconsistent results.
The researchers concluded that conditions of increased heat and humidity alone may not significantly slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Another study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concluded similarly that the arrival of warm weather probably won’t stop the spread of COVID-19, as had been previously hoped.
So while summer may not solve the problem of COVID-19, it does seem that social distancing is effective in controlling the pandemic, which is turning into much more of a marathon than a sprint. Keeping your home and workplace clean, sanitized, and disinfected is also hugely effective; if you need to find a professional cleaning business in your area, check here.