Coronavirus Spread: Don’t Rely on Summer Heat, a report says

A new report was sent from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to White House say, not to get your hopes with summer and warm temperatures in order to battle coronavirus.

After many research reports were observed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the panel has stated that there is no basis to believe that warmer temperatures will interfere with the novel coronavirus spread. The pandemic will only lessen with social distancing and other medications & measures.

The report, which is a 9-page brief known as rapid expert consultation was sent to Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House and acting director of the National Science Foundation.

A member of the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Kristian Andersen who is also an immunologist from Scripps Research Translation Institute in California stated: “Given current data, we believe that the pandemic likely will not diminish because of summer, and we should be careful not to base policies and strategies around the hope that it will.”

“We might very well see a reduction in a spread at the beginning of the summer,” he added, “but we have to be careful not to put that down to a changing climate — it is plausible that such a reduction could be due to other measures put in place.”

Human behavior will also play an important role, said Dr. David Relma who’s studying host-microbe interaction at Stanford. If someone coughs or sneezes, enough virus “close enough to the next susceptible person, then temperature and humidity just won’t matter that much.”

The report cited that a small number of studies show a high temperature and humidity may reduce the effectiveness of the novel coronavirus which causes the deadly disease named COVID-19 but the studies had limitations and they are not conclusive of the statement.


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