A few days back there was news saying that hotter and humid climate can help overcome the menace of coronavirus. Recently, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal turns down this theory after analyzing more than 144 geopolitical areas in various countries like the US, Australia, Canada, and more.
The researchers reveal that the present COVID pandemic cannot be abated by just a warm and hot climate. Instead, the present approach of social distancing which has been used by various countries can prove to be an effective measure. This study is of great importance for a country like ours, located in the tropics of the earth as the upcoming summer might not be able to check the spread of this deadly and highly contagious disease among our population.
“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,” said a researcher involved in the study.
The global study also suggests that there are no possible links of latitude being connected with the present pandemic. However, the preventive measures taken by the government across the various countries like full or partial lockdown and closure of public and private places are showing significant positive impact over time. One of the best examples of this is China, where the COVID infection was at a peak in December 2019 but subsided eventually after the stringent lockdown measures by the Chinese government.
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