Wasn’t summer supposed to kill the coronavirus?
When the coronavirus pandemic first reached the U.S. earlier this year, some infectious disease experts were hopeful that COVID-19 would possibly disappear by summer, acting similarly to the seasonal flu which typically dissipates as the weather warms. Even President Trump initially expressed optimism that warmer weather could do away with the virus.
But COVID-19 is not the flu.
As July nears, cases of the novel virus are surging in states across the country, with health officials warning the only way to curb the spread of infection — at least until there is a vaccine — is to adhere to the expert-recommend safety tips, such as social distancing and wearing a face mask.
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“Evidence thus far suggests that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted in all types of weather,” Dr. William Schaffner, a medical professor at Vanderbilt University and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), told Fox News via email.
“Regardless of climate, the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands frequently, stay home as advised, and practice social distancing — stay at least six feet apart — and wear a mask if you do go out in public,” he added.
Dr. John Whyte, the chief medical officer of the health care website WebMD, also expressed doubt that summer weather would do away with the novel virus.
“We originally thought COVID-19 would act similarly to the flu where there would be dissipation during warmer weather, like most respiratory viruses. Heat and humidity are not ...
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