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National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins listens during a Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on new coronavirus tests on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 7. Andrew Harnik/Pool/Getty ImagesWarmer weather is unlikely to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, said in a blog post Tuesday.
“Climate only would become an important seasonal factor in controlling COVID-19 once a large proportion of people within a given community are immune or resistant to infection,” Collins wrote, citing experts in infectious disease transmission and climate modeling.
“We’ll obviously have to wait a few months to get the data. But for now, many researchers have their doubts that the COVID-19 pandemic will enter a needed summertime lull,” he added.President Trump repeatedly speculated early in the pandemic that summer heat would lessen the spread and possibly kill the virus altogether.
Collins said some lab experiments have suggested that increased heat and humidity might “reduce the visibility of SARS-CoV-2,” possibly in a way similar to other coronaviruses, like the common cold, that spread more slowing during warmer weather. But he emphasized that Covid-19 is different.
He pointed to a series of computer simulations published in the journal Science by researchers at Princeton Environmental Institute that showed how the virus will likely spread this summer.“This research team found that humans’ current lack of immunity to SARS-CoV-2—not the weather—will likely be a primary factor driving the continued, rapid spread of the novel coronavirus this summer and into the fall,” Collins wrote.
He said the earlier studies that hinted hot temperatures could slow the pandemic down focused on better known infectious diseases. Even if one assumed the coronavirus was as sensitive to climate as other seasonal viruses, hot weather would not be enough to slow down its initial and rapid spread through the population.
“Less clear is how seasonal variations in the weather might modulate the spread of a new virus that the vast majority of people and their immune systems have yet to encounter,” Collins wrote.However, researchers have suggested that as more people develop immunity, Covid-19 might fall into seasonal patterns similar to outbreaks caused by other coronaviruses.
Collins said he’s hopeful that the NIH will have developed effective treatments and vaccine for the virus long before that.He also suggested that one of the climate models showed that, along with warmer temperatures, if people continue social distancing and wearing masks this summer, those actions could help slow the spread of the deadly virus.Read more: CNN »
Also it has been proven by American scientists that the heat from the Sun kills any type of virus Covid 19 made up by cdc to bring fear to the world and to try to stop election...it will not happen president trump will be the president for 4 more years You can't stop prophesy... So the 'tests' showing it doesn't survive in high temps or uv rays was not accurate?
I thought the BLM protests ended covid? FAKE NEWS fear mongers !!!!! Thanks for all you do. TRUMP 2020!!!!! And maybe even 2024 Sorry do not believe anything they say anymore. I think that was proven 2 months ago when south east Asia had temperatures of 100 degrees, especially Indian region where temps went up to 110 degrees and have been consistent 120 nowadays..Their numbers of COVID are rocketing up instead of sliding down. So summer is not helpful
That right, let’s scare everyone and keep America closed until all jobs are lost and then we can blame Trump and bring in a socialist. But looting and rioting stopped it! duh It’s still spreading in Arizona, and we’ve hit 112. Fear mongering again.. please stop.. warmer weather will make this thing less contagious..
Racism ameRica And Racism AmeRica Covid is old news. There’s even someone saying how it was a false alarm. Stop putting fear into the people. The only virus is the media. Protests are unlikely to stop it too I never saw so many stupid people together in a broadcasting, inventiving people to march during a pandemic is sending inocent lives to death, awake up CNN,
Is this still a thing? Warmer weather won’t but RIOTS will 🤔🤪🤨 Yemen has a raging virus...it's 85 degrees. But...but...but...Trump said warm weather will help... Thats total madness,if warm weather can stop the dreaded Rona then the hot weather in middle East countries should have extinguished it there
I live in Florida.We know. Do you wanna tell that to the thousands demonstrating in the streets? If you're reporting this, the exact opposite is most likely true. Coronavirus? You’re kidding right? Apparently rioting doesnt spread it. It is well known that flu and colds are more common in cold weather. Coronavirus belongs to the same class. Warm weather should help the fight against Covid-19.
why should it? Corona viruses did always disappear end of April. This one is already gone - it is only in our brains. Neither is running round the streets acting like thugs The vandals and looters are gonna spread it more 😷 if after all the openings across the US and the Protests and riots If the hospitals aren't overrun in a couple of days, then the hole you been digging, . just got a lot deeper.
Oh yeah! I almost forgot about the Corona Virus Whhhhhaaaaaaat! But our stable genius said... Think everyone is past this by now. Fake news But riots can definitely stop corona virus spreading!
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Risk versus reward: How safe are popular summer outdoor activities?'People should figure out how at risk they are, and then determine how risky they want to be. We're in the land of trade-offs now.' Go buy guns Wouldn’t it be great if COVID-19 proved to be fatal to rioters? The problem is, it's not just how risky you want to be; your behavior affects others who don't necessarily have a say in the matter.