Effect of temperature on the spread of COVID-19

Nitish Malhotra, NCBS-TIFR; Swagatha Adhikari inSTEM; Deepti Trivedi NCBS-TIFR

High temperature and high humidity may decrease the rate of transmission of the coronavirus. However, the contribution of these weather factors to reducing transmission is small. However, it is too early to conclude whether there are seasonal variations in the infectiousness of SAR-CoV-2. Social distancing and good (hand and respiratory) hygiene are major factors that reduce transmission. Medical professionals and scientists are working to make effective drugs and vaccines to curb the virus.

[Last update 05 April 2020]