As the summer finally entered the UAE, movement in public and traffic became lenient which had caused many to hope that covid19 transmission to slow down along with the cold weather.
Many supporting research has concluded that a rise in temperature results in significant changes in the level of Covid19 transmission. In China, a University from Guangzhou found that the major affected cities in China have a similarly low weather temperature that could have a connection with the outbreak.
Another research team from France found that Covid19 becomes inactive after being exposed to a heat of 92 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. This study is also supported by the hypothesis made by a group of scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA which stated that countries with warmer humid climates have a lower growth rate of Covid19 cases.
Meanwhile, research conducted by 4 other academic institutions showed that in countries with high temperatures, the viral infection could slope down to 40 percent while those with lower temperatures resulted in the opposite effect.
As these numerous research being presented, it is still not fully understood how hot temperature affects the spread of Covid19 even with the fact that dry air from cold weather helps respiratory viruses in droplets expelled from a person’s nose or mouth stay in the air longer, making them more likely to infect someone else.
Researchers are still debating about this conclusion since they use different methodologies and measurements in concluding their studies. However, considering that they all have presented similar results, it is safe to say that weather has a part in slowing down the spread of the virus in a country with a warmer climate.
But then again, it all goes down to how the people cooperate and how well the safety measures are being implemented in a country, be it in cold or warm weather.
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