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Source : Thailand Coronavirus News  Feb 24, 2020  1 month ago
INTERESTING READ : One Non-Proven Speculation About The Coronavirus That Many Hope Might Come True
INTERESTING READ : One Non-Proven Speculation About The Coronavirus That Many Hope Might Come True
Source : Thailand Coronavirus News  Feb 24, 2020  1 month ago
Kindly note that the article below is non-scientifically proven and all readers are advised to do their diligence and not assume or act on any of the information found in the article below. The article is also not meant to create panic, anxiety or to procur any economic gains and is not meant to disseminate misinformation or fake news but rather to explore and possibility to incite the quests for more research and scientific data.
 
There is a speculation that the new SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus might actually fizzle out over the next few months as warmer weathers approach the globe in the most affected zones and countries. It is said that viruses basically hate the sunlight and warmer temperatures and its capability to “survive” is highly sensitive to sunlight exposure and even slight temperature fluctuations.


 
There is no studies so far that proves that the new coronavirus is as such but previous studies and observations of the initial SARS virus in 2003 showed such occurrences. (https://www.hindawi.com/journals/av/2011/734690/)
 
Non-medical experts from AccuWeather looked at transmission patterns of past flus and viruses such as SARS in 2003, the 1918 Spanish Flu and U.S. flu data over the last decade.
 
AccuWeather Founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers told Thailand Medical News, “Right now and over the next several months, because of the weak sun and the colder temperatures in the northern hemisphere, the weather may be helping to spread the coronavirus. However, based on what we’ve seen from past flus and viruses, including the SARS virus and others, there is less viral spread when the sun is strong and the temperatures are warm from May to September. It's possible the sunshine intensity, the longer daylight periods and the warmer weather could suppress the virus in the summer months. However, this coronavirus may be very different and we’re just learning about it. The possibility is this does not behave like all of the others and that it does not decline once the sun gets stronger and the temperatures increase throughout the spring and summer could be disastrous as it may infect millions and become a pandemic."
 
Leaked comments attributed to Professor Dr John Nicholls from the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Pathology suggest he believes weather conditions will be a key factor in the demise of the coronavirus.
 
Professor Nicholls referenced the 2002–03 SARS outbreak and said environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and sunlight are a ‘crucial factor’ in a virus’ ability to survive and infect people.
 
He said, ‘Sunlight will cut the virus’ ability to grow in half, so the half-life will be two-and-a-half minutes and in the dark it’s about 13–20 minutes. Sunlight is really good at killing viruses.’
 
He further added, “That’s why I believe that Australia and the southern hemisphere will not see any great infection rates because they have lots of sunlight and they are in the middle of summer. And Wuhan and Beijing are still cold, which is why there’s high infection rates. However China is slowly moving into spring and summer.”
 
Although Australia’s warmer weather has theoretically helped protect the population from a wider outbreak to this point, the coming colder months may have the reverse effect.
 
Dr Nicholls suggested the common cold is a better comparison to the new coronavirus than SARS or MERS, as he believes there has been a ‘severe underreporting’ of cases in China that has contributed to inflated fatality rate estimates. ”Basically,this is a severe form of the cold.” he said.
 
It is expected that most of the countries in the equatorial zones will see the coronavirus gradually fizzling out while those in the Northern Hemispheres might see some major outburst but only for a few months, some experts are speculating.
 
Although these are just speculations with no scientific backing whatsoever, many are hoping that it comes true and that the coronavirus does not mutate to become more potent and virulent or even becomes an endemic.
 
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