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The news: Higher temperatures and humidity are correlated with a lower rate of the novel coronavirus’s spread, according to early research. The hypothesis is plausible: the climate’s impact on the influenza virus is well established, for example, and a similar phenomenon has been suspected for the SARS coronavirus as well.
- TIME.com: "There’s precedent for the idea that the COVID-19 outbreak will collapse with the onset of summer."
There’s precedent for the idea that the COVID-19 outbreak will collapse with the onset of summer.
The common cold is most prevalent in the winter and spring, and influenza is most common during the fall and winter in the U.S., with flu activity peaking between December and February, according to the CDC.
It appears that COVID-19 is transmitted in the same fashion as the flu and common cold: by close contact with infected people and from respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
There’s a variety of reasons that influenza and cold infections plummet in the summer, but a major one is that that warm, humid weather can make it harder for respiratory droplets to spread viruses.
“The droplets that carry viruses do not stay suspended in humid air as long, and the warmer temperatures lead to more rapid virus degradation,” says Elizabeth McGraw, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University.
- Globe and Mail: Slow Spread of Coronavirus in Thailand Offers Hope Warmer Weather Will Bring Relief
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The most rapid spread of the virus has taken place in areas with cooler climates: central China, South Korea, Iran, Northern Italy and continental Europe.
But a warmer climate may help explain the relatively slow spread of the virus in Thailand, which has designated 35 assessment centres for COVID-19 and is considered by Western epidemiologists to be testing as assiduously as many of the large Western democracies engulfed by the outbreak.
It appears that cooler climates “allow the virus to spread further and faster than in the tropics,” said Lam Sai Kit, an emeritus professor at the University of Malaya who is one of Malaysia’s most prominent epidemiologists.
If COVID-19 similarly proves to be transmitted less easily in warmer weather, the northern countries struggling against an out-of-control epidemic may have reason to hope for some reprieve as spring arrives.
A study led by researchers at the University of Maryland found exactly that, saying “significant community spread” of COVID-19 has taken place in a latitude window – between 30 and 50 degrees north – while there has been “a lack of significant community establishment in expected locations that are based only on population proximity and extensive population interaction through travel.”Link
“If our hypothesis is correct, then there should be a significant decrease in cases in the areas which are currently heavily affected, especially with the combined public health interventions,” said Mohammad Sajadi, a scholar at the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology.
|Soak up the Sun|
Speaking during a conference call organised by Hong Kong-based brokerage firm CLSA, Professor Nicholls referenced the 2002–03 SARS outbreak and said environmental conditions – such as temperature, humidity and sunlight – are a ‘crucial factor’ in a virus’ ability to survive and infect people.
‘Sunlight will cut the virus’ ability to grow in half, so the half-life will be two-and-a-half minutes and in the dark it’s about 13–20 minutes. Sunlight is really good at killing viruses,’ he said.
DON'T STAY IN THE HOUSE!
‘In regards to temperature, the virus can remain intact at 4 C or 10 C for a longer period of time. But at 30 C degrees then you get inactivation. And high humidity, the virus doesn’t like it either.’
Professor Nicholls suggested the common cold is a better comparison to the new coronavirus than SARS or MERS, as he believes there has been a ‘severe underreporting’ of cases in China that has contributed to inflated fatality rate estimates.
‘Basically, this is a severe form of the cold,’ he said.
As of Thursday 20 February, Australia had not recorded a new infection in two weeks
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation offers some health benefits too, such as boosting production of essential vitamin D and improving mood. Today (May 17), a report in Cell adds enhanced learning and memory to UV’s unexpected benefits.
Researchers have discovered that, in mice, exposure to UV light activates a molecular pathway that increases production of the brain chemical glutamate, heightening the animals’ ability to learn and remember.
“The subject is of strong interest, because it provides additional support for the recently proposed theory of ultraviolet light’s regulation of the brain and central neuroendocrine system,” dermatologist Andrzej Slominski of the University of Alabama who was not involved in the research writes in an email to The Scientist.
It seems highly unlikely that locking yourself up indoors is the way to fight this virus.“It’s an interesting and timely paper investigating the skin-brain connection,” notes skin scientist Martin Steinhoff of University College Dublin’s Center for Biomedical Engineering who also did not participate in the research. “The authors make an interesting observation linking moderate UV exposure to . . . [production of] the molecule urocanic acid. They hypothesize that this molecule enters the brain, activates glutaminergic neurons through glutamate release, and that memory and learning are increased.”
Wei Xiong of the University of Science and Technology of China who led the research did not set out to investigate the effects of UV light on the brain or the skin-brain connection. He stumbled upon his initial finding “almost accidentally,” he explains in an email to The Scientist. Xiong and his colleagues were using a mass spectrometry technique they had recently developed for analyzing the molecular contents of single neurons, when their results revealed the unexpected presence of urocanic acid—a little-known molecule produced in the skin in response to UV light.
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I have serious concerns about where this is going. Apparently, so do others