One rumor currently creating a whirlpool is whether or not the weather can prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the theory goes: Heat and/or sunlight may have the ability to kill the virus before it has the chance to spread to other surfaces or people.
While there's some science behind how heat interacts with coronaviruses as a category, there's currently very little research that states how COVID-19 specifically handles heat.
Put another way: "There are studies that show that other coronaviruses (such as the one that causes SARS) are temperature sensitive and will be destroyed at 149 degrees for 3 minutes," Chrysan Cronin , DrPH, MPH, a professor of public health at Muhlenberg College told Men's Health in a previous article."This is because the protein layer that surrounds it can be destroyed by heat."
But that's evidence based on a different coronavirusnot the one that causes COVID-19.
What's more, a National Academy of Sciences review published this month found that while there is some "limited data" to "support a potential waning of cases in warmer and more humid seasons ... none are without major limitations."
The same report goes on to state the following: "Given that countries currently in 'summer' climates, such as Australia and Iran, are experiencing rapid virus spread, a decrease in cases with increases in humidity and temperature elsewhere should not be assumed."
The World Health Organization puts it more bluntly: "You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is."
"Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C (77F) DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)," according to the WHO.
What you can do to prevent the disease caused by the new coronavirus?
Yup: Make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.