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National Academies of Sciences: Warm Weather Unlikely to Affect Coronavirus

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 April 2020 06:42 PM

The coronavirus will likely continue to spread once weather warms, a group from the National Academies of Sciences warned the White House on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.

About a dozen members of the Academies’ Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats this week wrote a report known as a “rapid expert consultation,” which was addressed to Kelvin Droegemeier, the head of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and acting director of the National Science Foundation. In it, they note that laboratory studies into the virus’ transmissibility in different temperatures and levels of humidity are still inconclusive, but most indications are that the coronavirus cases will not significantly decrease due to warm weather.

The report notes that studies following the spread of the coronavirus and tie it to temperature and humidity “should be interpreted with caution,” stating that “there is some evidence to suggest that SARS-CoV-2,” the official name for the coronavirus, “may transmit less efficiently in environments with higher ambient temperature and humidity; however, given the lack of host immunity globally, this reduction in transmission efficiency may not lead to a significant reduction in disease spread” on its own.

It concludes, “...although the experimental studies show a relationship between higher temperatures and humidity levels, and reduced survival of SARS-CoV-2 in the laboratory, there are many other factors besides environmental temperature, humidity, and survival outside of the host, that influence and determine the transmission rates among humans in the ‘real world.’”

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