Study: Warm weather can slow Coronavirus spread

Amid all the bad news, there are some glimmers of hope.

One such glimmer comes from a recent study of the Covid-19 virus that seems to indicate that it is likely susceptible to heat.

The New York Post reports:

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that 90 percent of COVID-19 transmissions that occurred until Sunday happened in regions with low temperatures — between 37.4 and 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

With spring already here and summer fast approaching, that’s good news for the US. The article goes on:

Coronavirus cases have been reported in countries with equatorial climates and those in the Southern Hemisphere —which are now in summer.

But regions with average temperatures above 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit currently account for fewer than 6 percent of global cases.

“Wherever the temperatures were colder, the number of the cases started increasing quickly,” Qasim Bukhari, a computational scientist at the university who co-authored the study, told the New York Times. “You see this in Europe, even though the health care there is among the world’s best.”

The authors of the study go on to caution that warm weather is unlikely to completely quell the outbreak.

Read the full story here.

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