As per the experts in the field, heat and
warm weather is likely to decrease the
spread of COVID-19.
According to Dr Abdul Ghafur, an infectious disease specialist from India told Al Jazeera that heat and humidity in the country “could be one of the reasons” why coronavirus is not spreading faster in his country, as the weather limits the virus from travelling “longer or faster”.
He said further that “It is not just the temperature that is killing the virus in the warm climate, it is the humidity as well. The humidity reduces the transferability of the virus,”
How long does the coronavirus survive over the surfaces or objects?
Survives up to 8-10 hours over porous surfaces (like paper, untreated wood, cardboard, sponge and fabric) and a little more than this over nonporous surfaces (like glass, plastics, metals, varnished wood).
Nevertheless, he warned that simply relying on weather patterns without observing safety precautions and other health protocols invites risk. So, observe personal hygiene and and make sure your immune system is strong enough to resist the virus or any other.
All it takes to defeat Coronavirus!
- Wash your hand regularly with plenty of soap and water.
- Keep an alcohol-based sanitizer ready for times when soap and water are not available.
- Don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose with unclean hands.
- Keep your distance of at least 1 meter from anyone coughing or sneezing.
- Follow no-touch greeting for no germs contracted. Prefer “namaste” or hand waving over handshake.
Protect your loved ones:
- Don’t sneeze or cough into your hands. Use a tissue and throw it away immediately, or sneeze in the inner side of your elbow.
- Don’t travel or visit crowded places if you’re sick.
- Do wear a mask if you’re sick and also if you are taking care of someone with the symptoms.
Protect your community:
- If you feel unwell, seek medical attention.
- If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, stay indoors. Call healthcare professionals and follow their advice.