Can Coronavirus Survive Heat?

Many had hoped that the new coronavirus would go away as the summer weather warmed and got more humid. Despite the fact that the virus does not do well in heat, the hot summer temperatures had no real effect on it..

Some strains of the virus can change depending on the environment. They may survive and thrive in various geographic regions or climates. There is no way to accurately predict how the virus responds in heat and humidity, or for that matter, cool and dry temperatures, outside laboratory experiments..

Even when scientists study real-world examples, the evidence is unclear. Though some viral illnesses seem to slow in the summer months, this isn’t always the case. In countries such as Australia and Iran, COVID-19 spread very quickly at the beginning of the pandemic despite warm and humid weather. Remember that flu season is typically during the winter.

Every virus and pandemic is different, and there are a number of things that influence them, no matter what the season. That’s why experts recommend that you to continue to take appropriate steps to protect yourself and those around you.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on September 23, 2020

Sources

SOURCE:

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine: “Rapid Expert Consultation on SARS-CoV-2 Survival in Relation to Temperature and Humidity and Potential for Seasonality for the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 7, 2020) (2020).”

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