Coronavirus Won’t Slow Down With Warm Weather Alone

(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- Those hoping that the arrival of warm weather will push the coronavirus away are in for a rude awakening.
On Tuesday, committee members from the National Academy of Sciences said data is mixed at best as to whether coronavirus spreads as easily in warm and cold weather. Some viruses thrive in cold weather but don’t do well in warm weather.
That being said, the committee said it may not matter, as there aren’t very many people in the world who have an immunity to coronavirus.
In a letter sent to the White House, committee members wrote:
“There is some evidence to suggest that [coronavirus] may transmit less efficiently in environments with higher ambient temperature and humidity; however, given the lack of host immunity globally, this reduction in transmission efficiency may not lead to a significant reduction in disease spread without the concomitant adoption of major public health interventions.”
The letter referenced a study in China that found the virus spread “exponentially” even under maximum humidity and temperature conditions. In fact, every person who was infected spread it to almost two other people, on average.
Other members of the medical community, including Dr. William Schaffner, agree with the committee’s words. The infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center said:
“Although we can hope weather will make some contribution to the reduction in transmission, we can’t rely on it alone. We have to continue to employ social distancing and other measures to reduce transmission.”
Schaffner continued by saying the report gives “a more sobering assessment” of the coronavirus situation than words from President Donald Trump, who said it seemed as if the virus would slow down once warmer weather arrived.
“The president walks on the sunny side of the street, and this takes us over to the shady side of the street,” said Shaffner, an advisor to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It makes us realize that springtime is likely not going to be a total solution.”
The letter also points to the fact that the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in countries that have warm weather now. This goes to show, the committee said, that warm weather alone won’t stop the spread. Members continued:
“Given that countries currently in ‘summer’ climates, such as Australia and Iran, are experiencing rapid virus spread, a decrease in cases with increases in humidity and temperature elsewhere should not be assumed.”
Other infectious disease specialists, such as Dr. Paul Offit, a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, also said coronavirus is different from other seasonal viruses such as flu because it first originated in animals and not humans. Because of this, he said “it’s unclear how this virus is going to act.”
No one really knows for sure how the coronavirus will act, and that’s a good point from Offit to point out. It’s so new that anything could really happen at any point. That’s why all medical professionals have consistently stressed that social distancing and stay-at-home orders are our best tools to figh