Weather and coronavirus – will summertime limit the spread and impact?

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Something that has been passing around on social media that has been sparking some hope as we deal with quarantines, social distancing and the fear of the coronavirus is that warmer temperatures could cause the virus to all but disappear.

It is important to note that scientists aren’t completely sold that summertime will limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus, but there are some similarities to other viruses that can lend some hope.

The most direct impact that many people look to is the flu. The flu appears each fall and disappears as we move into spring. In fact, since 1982-83, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that flu season peaks in February most years. They have found no peaks, and hardly any occurrence of the flu, in April and May.

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However, the coronavirus is not the same as the flu. It is more similar to the SARS virus that spread in 2003 that did have cases in Toronto, Canada in May. However, SARS did drop off in cases into spring of that year. One concern Tom Hanks got coronavirus while in Australia which is currently in summer.

The short answer is that scientists are not convinced yet that this new virus will disappear as we move into spring and summer, but there is reason to have some optimism during this difficult time, but not to put all of our eggs in one basket and to continue to social distance and follow the advice of the CDC and local health agencies.

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