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Warmer weather melts the covid outer layer ?

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cotswoldsapple Fri 15-May-20 17:56:15

From DT / Uni of Maryland
«Latest research suggests that coronavirus is following a very specific path around the globe, leaving some countries unscathed, while having a disproportionately devastating impact elsewhere.

The University of Maryland found that most cases fall along a narrow east-west corridor of 30 and 50 degrees of latitude, which includes northern Italy, the Pacific Northwest, Japan, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain and Germany. All share similar climatic conditions.

In contrast, areas which were expected to be hardest hit, because of geographical proximity and travel connections to the Chinese outbreak - such as Southeast Asia - have had low infections and deaths compared to those in the ‘coronavirus belt’.

Weather records in the hardest hit countries had similar average temperatures of between 5°C and 11°C and humidity of 47 to 79 per cent, which is close to laboratory conditions in which coronavirus thrives.»

I really, really hope this is true.

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UnmentionedElephantDildo Fri 15-May-20 18:05:31

Won't explain UK then, which had one of its warmest and sunniest Aprils ever (above the bracket given for hardest hit - a category which I assume we should fall in to)

Keepdistance Fri 15-May-20 18:10:15

I think vit d and pollution levels make more sense

Oxyiz Fri 15-May-20 18:12:43

People in warmer countries probably have better vitamin d levels. It took researchers a long time and high heat level to kill it off in the lab.

Racoonworld Fri 15-May-20 19:11:51

If that's true that is hopeful for us over summer then? We did have a warm April but was cold prior to that, so vitamin D levels were low and infection levels high from winter. Hopefully the coming warm months will mean lower infection rates!

cotswoldsapple Fri 15-May-20 19:23:18

@oxy People in HK, Sing, Taiwan do not spend alot of time outdoors - less than uk - , alot of indoors, malls, shopping, studying, working .... not high vit d there

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Troels Fri 15-May-20 19:31:37

That makes no sense. They are having to fight CV in Syria, it's pretty dam hot there, India too.

Derbygerbil Fri 15-May-20 19:35:28

Won't explain UK then, which had one of its warmest and sunniest Aprils ever (above the bracket given for hardest hit - a category which I assume we should fall in to)

Firstly, Covid-19’s period of growth was in March. By the time we’d got to April it had already taken hold. Secondly, a warm April for the UK is far, far, cooler than tropical climes would be.

UnmentionedElephantDildo Fri 15-May-20 20:00:17

Much of UK did not have its Covid peak until well into April.

And the Met Office published temperatures were well above the 5-11 C range specified in OP for hardest hit countries, and indeed has been since mid-March

Lua Fri 15-May-20 20:04:28

Please.... India, Brazil and Mexico are complete skewerd with the virus.....

Get your science from reliable sources

Keepdistance Sat 16-May-20 10:01:20

Those countries are muchbetter at containment and wear masks. S Korea tested thousands.

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