Will the summer heat stop the spread of Coronavirus?
Obviously, the United States is having quite a fair share of its own coronavirus cases. The number of confirmed cases is skyrocketing by the day and the death toll is rising. Both the lockdown and quarantine are already getting on our nerves. With the summer approaching, people can’t wait to get off on the streets again.
As is the case with quite a good number of illnesses, cases do vary by seasons. This can be seen with the flu which blossoms during the winter but becomes rare in warm weather.
With the summer approaching people are expectant that the coronavirus could be assuaged. This is still unclear, anyway. If the situation does not improve with the heat, then social distancing would definitely be maintained.
According to Jeffrey Shaman, a climate and health expert who works with the Columbia University, it is yet unclear as to whether the new virus can be modulated by humidity and temperature. If it actually does, it is yet unknown as to what extent it can reduce the rapid spread.
As we draw closer to a warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, scientists are struggling to crack this hard nut. Based on a research conducted by a group of zealous researchers which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, it was observed that the spread of the coronavirus across the world had little to do with temperature and humidity.
A clinical epidemiologist, Peter Jüni, who works with the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, equally observed that the summer may not solve the problem.
In the first half of March, this group had taken out time to research and study about 144 different locations where the virus was spreading especially at an infant stage. They focused their studies on places like Australia Pacific island of the United States.
They took note of the different temperature and humidity readings of such places. At the beginning of the month, they equally noted the social distancing measures being implemented in such places to prevent the spread of the virus.
Haven implemented all these measures, they observed a 14-day incubation period analysis. After giving this time to observe the effect of Public Health measures, they began to keep track of the spread of the virus between 21st of March to the 27th of March.
After observing the situation they came to a logical conclusion that social distancing was instrumental in preventing the spread of the virus to a large extent. However, they observed that heat and humidity conditions had close to no effect at all.