Thursday, March 19, 2020

Will warmer weather slow the spread of coronavirus?

AccuWeather, the US-based forecaster, quoted Dr. John Nicholls, a pathology professor at the University of Hong Kong, saying there are three things coronavirus does not like: sunlight, temperature, and humidity.

Dr. Stefan Baral, an epidemiology expert at Johns Hopkins University, was quoted by the Boston Herald as saying he expects "a natural decrease" of the disease as the United States moves into warmer weather.
"Sunlight will cut the virus's ability to grow in half, so the half-life will be 2.5 minutes, and in the dark, it's about 13 to 20 [minutes]. Sunlight is really good at killing viruses," Nicholls said.

While health experts agree warmer weather is a factor in containing the outbreak, they stress the outcome of each country's response may depend on how robust its healthcare infrastructure is, how quickly those tools are deployed, and how proactive citizens are.

They also said there are other crucial variables to consider in fighting the infection, warning that simply relying on weather patterns without observing safety precautions and other health protocols invites risk.

Read the entire article here. Then get outside, go for a bike ride, a hike, get some sun. Being out in the sun will naturally make you feel better. 

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