HealthDay Reports: Will Warmer Temps Help Contain Coronavirus? Two Studies Say Not Really
Two new studies say the upcoming warmer summer weather isn't likely to slow the spread of COVID-19.
FRIDAY, May 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Two new reports suggest that the warm summer months will not significantly slow the novel coronavirus as it spreads around the globe.
"Summer is not going to make this go away," said Dionne Gesink, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health who co-authored a May 8 report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that found neither temperature nor latitude altered COVID-19 infection rates. However, school closures and other public health measures did.
"It's important people know that," Gesink said in a journal news release. "On the other hand, the more public health interventions an area had in place, the bigger the impact on slowing the epidemic growth. These public health interventions are really important because they're the only thing working right now to slow the epidemic."