Will Coronavirus Disappear When Temperatures Heat Up? Uf Virologist Responds (Orlando Sentinel)

Will Coronavirus Disappear When Temperatures Heat Up? UF Virologist Responds

Temperatures fluctuate between hot and cold in Florida, just about as frequently as the idea that warmth might bring an end to the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

The disease, COVID-19, is produced by a virus known as SARS-CoV-2. While flu season does taper off toward the end of April, it’s unclear to health experts that the same will happen to COVID-19.

The reason why experts can’t say is that SARS-CoV-2 is too new of a virus to give an accurate guess, said Dr. John Lednicky a virologist of the University of Florida Department of Global Health, affiliated with the Emerging Pathogens Institute.

“There are researchers making predictions out there, I’d love to see what they’re basing it off of,” Lednicky said. “We have a unique situation. This is a brand new virus. No one has immunity to it, and that means the entire population could acquire an active infection.”

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