Scientists say warm weather is unlikely to greatly hamper the spread of coronavirus, dashing the hopes of many – including Donald Trump – who had suggested summer could provide relief from the global pandemic.
Researchers in Canada examined the spread of Covid-19 around the world in late March in places with different humidities, latitudes and public health measures, such as social distancing.
Dr Peter Juni, of the University of Toronto, said in a press release that the team found little or no link between infection spread and temperature or latitude, and only a weak association with humidity.
“We had conducted a preliminary study that suggested both latitude and temperature could play a role. But when we repeated the study under much more rigorous conditions, we got the opposite result,” he said.
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