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Problem Solvers Coronavirus Hotline: COVID-19 and the Weather

Posted at 7:19 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 20:19:56-04

We know COVID-19 is spread from person to person. But several of our viewers called into our problem solvers coronavirus hotline to ask if the warmer weather will have an effect on the spread of coronavirus as we move into springtime.

Another viewer called in to ask, “Since warm weather is coming and the mosquitoes will be out, do we expect the mosquitoes to be carriers of this problem?"

According to the CDC’s website, “It is not yet known whether weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months."

The website goes on to say that, generally, coronaviruses survive for shorter periods at higher temperatures and higher humidity than in cooler or dryer environments. But there is no direct data for this particular virus and no data to show a temperature-based cutoff for inactivation.

CDC officials say there is no evidence that mosquitoes or ticks can carry COVID-19.

If there is a coronavirus question you would like our problem solvers to look into, call our coronavirus hotline at 918-748-1502 and leave a message.

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