Effect of weather on coronavirus
Effect of weather on coronavirus
Pandemics do not always follow the same weather/climate patterns as normal outbreaks”
Now that summer is almost here, many people hope that the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end. We hope that the high temperatures will kill this cureless curse and bring things back to normal.
Many outbreaks are seasonal. They occur mostly during summer or winter. The Coronavirus outbreak started December last year with the first case identified in Wuhan, China. It took very little time to spread all over Europe and has engulfed the globe in less than half a year.
Here, you will notice 2 things about Coronavirus; the time it occurred and the places it spread fastest. This tells us that the virus spreads fastest in colder areas and colder seasons. Coronavirus survives best in cooler, humid temperatures. However, this does not confirm that the virus can be stopped by tropical weather.
What do we know about Coronavirus?
We know that Coronavirus has no cure. It is spread when an infected person sneezes near you. One can also get it from contaminated surfaces. Some people say that it is airborne while others believe it's not. The World Health Organization has confirmed that the virus is not airborne.
The only known cure that works so far is staying home. The World Health Organization has also recommended this as the war continues. We know that health experts are still looking for a cure.
What do the experts say?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is caused by SARS-CoV-2. This virus is said to be “enveloped” in an oily lipid layer with protein “crowns” protruding from its surface. Generally, coronaviruses are be affected by temperature, including the SARS-CoV-2. They portray seasonality. This affects the life of the virus outside the body. Consequently, it affects the rate of transmission by touching surfaces.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) can survive outside the body for up to 72hrs in a temperature between 21-23 degrees Celsius. Since the virus can be affected by temperature, many people think that it will be obliterated by the hot summer weather.
During summer temperatures usually go high, signaling that the rate of transmission might reduce. However, researchers and analysts have implied that the virus will not be as sensitive to the weather changes as many people hope.
They argue that even the tropical locations have a transmission rate similar to colder areas. They also argue that transmission does not only depend on temperature weather alone. It mostly depends on human behavior.
What to expect.
Coronavirus shows some vulnerability (susceptibility) to the weather, especially high temperatures. However, it is highly unlikely that the virus will go away with the coming summer weather. The transmission of COVID-19 depends on people's behavior, not on temperature alone. So don’t keep your hopes high because the worst is not over yet.
We should expect more measures to be taken by governments in containing the virus. The measures already put in place will be even more strict if the virus doesn't go away.
It is unclear whether the pandemic will be over by summer.
Stay safe and avoid traveling. Remember to observe your hygiene by washing hands, social distancing and wearing masks. Observe all the measures laid out by your government to avoid colliding with the law.