Can Coronavirus Be Crushed By Warmer Weather?
There’s a seasonality to many viruses. Flu and cold viruses tend to peak in winter months, then die down with warmer weather.
Will the newly identified coronavirus and the disease it causes — COVID-19 — follow a similar pattern?
Before that question can be answer, let’s consider how seasons and temperature influence the spread of viruses.
“Coronaviruses tend to be associated with winter because of how they’re spread,” explains Elizabeth McGraw, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University. For one thing, in winter months, people may cluster together more indoors, increasing the number of folks at risk of becoming infection by someone who’s contagious.