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Can Warm Weather Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus? Experts Answer

While coronavirus has affected almost all countries across the globe irrespective of the weather, then is high temperature really a deterrent for coronavirus spread? Here is what experts have to say

Can Warm Weather Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus? Experts Answer

New Delhi: There is a theory that warmer weather could stem the spread of the coronavirus. This theory emerged during the initial days of coronavirus outbreak but since then there has been a dramatic surge in coronavirus infection globally as the virus has affected almost every country across the globe irrespective of the weather conditions. NDTV spoke with experts to understand if high temperature can slow down the outbreak or not as the Northern Hemisphere head into summers.

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According to a study conducted by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, a warm and humid weather is linked to slower spread of the novel coronavirus. The study assessed the data for the number of COVID-19 infections in different parts of the world and compared it with two parameters of weather from all the regions – temperature and humidity and based on their analysis, countries experiencing monsoon and warmer temperature may see a slowdown in transmission.

Dr. Surya Kant, Professor and Head of Department of Respiratory Medicine, King George’s Medical University (KGMU) Lucknow also iterated that like other flu causing viruses, coronavirus is heat labile (changes easily) and not heat resistant. He said,

The virus can get deactivated or destroyed when subjected to heat. But the exact threshold temperature to deactivate COVID-19 is still unknown. And so although there is some hope that in the coming days in India, there will be a slowdown in the rate of transmission as we enter summers, we should not rely completely on this.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also said earlier this month that there was no evidence that temperature would play a role in the coronavirus outbreak but it was an avenue worth exploring.

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Dr. Meenakshi Jain, Associate Director, Internal Medicine, Max Healthcare, Patparganj and Noida asserted that the impact of temperature on coronavirus is still something that needs more research on. She said,

It’s too early to know. Scientists have a very limited information about coronavirus since it a new virus discovered just recently. There are varying views regarding this and only the coming days can tell what may become of this outbreak.

She further said that instead of waiting for what may happen in summers, it would be wiser to adopt effective measure to contain the spread like maintaining proper hygiene and avoiding close contact with people who seem sick. Apart from this, she also suggested that the government must expedite testing among people by many notches and prepare for more isolation facilities, ventilators, and personal protective equipments.

A total of 724 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India, as on March 27 (9:15 AM), out of which 67 have recovered and 17 have died, as per the data provided by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). Globally, coronavirus has infected more than 5.5 Lakh poeple and had caused more than 24,000 fatalities till March 27.

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World

22,90,75,864Cases
19,16,26,474Active
3,27,49,574Recovered
46,99,816Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,90,75,864 and 46,99,816 have died; 19,16,26,474 are active cases and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,35,04,534 26,115Cases
3,09,5758,606Active
3,27,49,574 34,469Recovered
4,45,385 252Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,04,534 confirmed cases including 4,45,385 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,09,575 and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,24,498 2,583

45,229 1,281

63,40,723 3,836

1,38,546 28

Kerala

45,24,158 15,692

1,67,578 6,623

43,32,897 22,223

23,683 92

Karnataka

29,68,543 677

14,386 1,025

29,16,530 1,678

37,627 24

Tamil Nadu

26,47,041 1,661

16,984 15

25,94,697 1,623

35,360 23

Andhra Pradesh

20,39,529 839

14,388 311

20,11,063 1,142

14,078 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,680 11

194 4

16,86,599 15

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,173 524

7,810 96

15,35,699 608

18,664 12

Delhi

14,38,517 20

379 8

14,13,053 28

25,085

Odisha

10,20,754 510

4,947 96

10,07,666 600

8,141 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,094 38

297 7

9,91,234 43

13,563 2

Rajasthan

9,54,263 9

91 10

9,45,218 19

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,737 14

133 3

8,15,522 17

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,402 8

96 0

7,81,789 8

10,517

Haryana

7,70,746 13

340 6

7,60,598 7

9,808

Bihar

7,25,901 7

69 1

7,16,173 8

9,659

Telangana

6,63,662 208

4,991 14

6,54,765 220

3,906 2

Punjab

6,01,323 59

307 10

5,84,517 38

16,499 31

Assam

5,98,423 455

4,984 72

5,87,632 517

5,807 10

Jharkhand

3,48,125 9

55 1

3,42,937 10

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,393 11

267 6

3,35,736 17

7,390

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,069 128

1,461 32

3,22,191 159

4,417 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,140 234

1,616 54

2,11,871 177

3,653 3

Goa

1,75,583 85

810 36

1,71,478 48

3,295 1

Puducherry

1,25,517 54

867 56

1,22,818 109

1,832 1

Manipur

1,18,673 178

2,183 6

1,14,658 183

1,832 1

Tripura

83,905 51

346 10

82,750 40

809 1

Mizoram

81,460 1,731

15,140 1,008

66,057 721

263 2

Meghalaya

79,667 174

1,896 5

76,391 168

1,380 1

Chandigarh

65,188 7

41 4

64,329 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,126 56

410 12

53,444 67

272 1

Sikkim

30,971 16

654 59

29,937 74

380 1

Nagaland

30,907 43

467 17

29,786 59

654 1

Ladakh

20,737 7

138 4

20,392 3

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 1

10,666 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,359 3

8 3

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,600

13 0

7,458

129

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  1. GOVINDA

    March 29, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    YES. ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. WE INDIANS ARE BLESSED WITH HOT SUN.. CORONA VIRUS SPREAD CAN BE MINIMIZED DRASTICALLY . THAT IS THE VERY REASON THAT NOW THE VIRUS SPREAD IS IN FULL CONTROL. WHAT I AM AFRAID IS ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY GOT INFECTED IN ABROAD AND WHO HAVE COME HERE. PLEASE DO NOT PUT THEM TOGETHER IN ICU, WHICH ARE AIR CONDITIONED. GET THEM EXPOSED TO SUN LIGHT. AS OF NOW RIGHT MEDICATION FOR CORONA IS NOT YET FOUND. CORONA IS A DANGEROUS VIRUS AFFECTING MAINLY LUNGS. BY MEANS OF KEEPING PATIENTS IN AC ROOMS , LUNGS GET INFECTED AT A ACCELERATED PACE. WHILE TRYING MEDICATION ON PATIENTS ALLOW THE PATIENTS TO GET EXPOSED TO HOT SUN. KEEP SOME ARTIFICIAL MEANS TO EXTERNALLY HEAT CHEST PORTION WHILE TRYING MEDICATIONS. THIS CAN BE NON-INVASIVE BY INFRA RED LIGHT EXPOSURE AROUND CHEST. THIS WILL HELP TO PREVENT FREEZING OF FLUMS IN LUNGS DUE TO CORONA WHILE MEDICINE COULD ACT TO PREVENT CONGESTION OR REMOVE CONGESTION EFFECTIVELY.
    IF THE ABOVE IS FOLLOWED THE PATIENT MAY NOT GO TO THE NEXT DANGEROUS STATE THAT IS SEVERE BREETHING TROUBLE WHICH REQUIRES VENTILATION AND SO ON.. EVEN IF YOU PROVIDE VENTILATION AT THAT STAGE IT IS NOT GOING TO BE QUITE USEFUL. BECAUSE YOU HAVE ALLOWED THE CORONA TO PLAY THE MOST ON THE PATIENT BY THEN.

    SO PLEASE FOLLOW THE ABOVE STEPS AND SAVE CORONA PATIENTS. WITH OUR INDIAN WHETHER WE CAN EASILY TACKLE CORONA. DO NOT ALLOW CORONA TO PLAY ITS DISASTROUS ROLE HERE AFTER.
    JAI HIND.

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