High Temperature and Humidity Decrease COVID19 Infection Rates
March 15, 2020
From Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz
This is one of the first sets of data suggesting that summer and rainy season in the Northern Hemisphere can effectively reduce the transmission of COViD-19 (Study by computer scientists in China, Jingyuan Wang, Kai Feng, Weifeng Lv, and Ke Tang).
You can read the full study here.
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Conclusions from the Study
Data from 100 Chinese cities, high temperatures, and high relative humidity significantly reduce the transmission of COVID-19, respectively, even after controlling for population density and GDP per capita of cities. One degree Celsius increase in temperature, and one percent increase in relative humidity was enough to show statistical differences. This result is consistent with the fact that the high temperature and high humidity significantly reduce the transmission of influenza. It indicates that the arrival of summer and rainy season in the northern hemisphere can effectively reduce the transmission of the COVID-19.
About Ahvie Herskowitz, MD
Dr. Herskowitz’s extensive training includes a medical degree from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, residencies in Anatomic Pathology and Internal Medicine, and Fellowship training in Cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Medical Center. During his 12 years at Johns Hopkins, he became Associate Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Molecular Microbiology and led a research team in the study of molecular and immunological mechanisms of inflammation, autoimmunity, ischemia, heart transplantation rejection and congestive heart failure.
Dr. Herskowitz’s latest academic appointment was as Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco. To learn more about Dr. Herskowitz, you can read it bio here.
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