Although some hoped that the warm weather would stop the spread of the virus, experts aren’t so sold on that idea.
With every passing week, evidence suggests that there will be no stopping the spread of the coronavirus until a vaccine is found — something that likely remains, at minimum, a year away.
COVID-19 has been compared to influenza, another disease that spreads through respiratory droplets, but it remains unknown if the weather will have some kind of effect on it. Even if it does, experts don’t know if it will matter.
Different viruses have different behaviors, which is why the flu is more common in the fall and the winter, when the weather is colder. When it comes to COVID-19, the weather might reduce its life and survival when the virus particles hit hard surfaces, such as doorknobs and light switches, but that still won’t stop the spread between people. With the arrival of summer, experts fear that large amounts of people will be spending their time with others outdoors, especially after growing tired of following social distancing guidelines for several months.
Research conducted on the pandemic during the month of March found that COVID-19 is unaffected by climate. The study involved different countries and discovered that what determined the number of deaths and infections was not the weather, but the guidelines each specific country embraced, like closing schools and quickly enforcing social distancing guidelines.
There’s a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus, but the data shows that it spreads incredibly fast between people, especially in crowded locations indoors. The virus can spread by coughing, sneezing and even talking to others located within 6-feet of someone who’s sick. The fact that there’s asymptomatic people who can spread the virus makes this all the more complex.
As is the case with most viruses that jump from animals to humans, these pathogens tend to be harder to predict and control since our bodies haven’t been exposed to them, lacking the necessary antibodies and defenses to fight them off.
At this time, we don’t know who is or isn’t infected. Without this information, the most accurate way to stop the spread of the virus and to stay safe is to comply with social distancing guidelines and remain isolated as much as possible. It’s the one method that has worked in coronavirus hubs across the board.