Coronavirus and warm weather: Fauci says 'one should not assume' virus will fade away
." "You must assume that the virus will continue to do its thing. If we get some help from the weather, so be it, fine. But I don’t think we need to assume that.”
Fauci reiterated to "Good Morning America" that people should continue practicing social distancing and regularly wash their hands as people begin to head back to work and larger gatherings.
His comments came days after a panel convened by the National Academies of Sciences told the White House that there are still uncertainties if COVID-19 can spread as easily in warm weather as it does in cold weather.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview Thursday that "one should not assume" coronavirus will fade away with warmer weather.
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"There is some evidence to suggest that [coronavirus] may transmit less efficiently in environments with higher ambient temperature and humidity; however, given the lack of host immunity globally, this reduction in transmission efficiency may not lead to a significant reduction in disease spread without the concomitant adoption of major public health interventions," .
The report is known as a “rapid expert consultation" and was published by nearly a dozen members of the Academies’ Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats. Those in the report noted that the role weather plays with COVID-19 should be "interpreted with caution" due to the contact of limited time during which "natural experiments have taken place in different locations"
The report also noted that since countries currently in "summer climates" such as Australia and — but why exactly remains a mystery. For instance, the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, which claimed nearly 800 lives at the time, — but a 2004 report on the seasonality of SARS did not establish a clear reason for why.
“Our understanding of the forces driving seasonal disappearance and recurrence of infectious diseases remains fragmentary, thus limiting any predictions about whether, or when, SARS will recur,” . “It is true that most established respiratory pathogens of human beings recur in wintertime, but a new appreciation for the high burden of disease in tropical areas reinforces questions about explanations resting solely on cold air or low humidity.”
As of Thursday, there are 432,438 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with at least 14,808 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Fox News' Madeline Farber contributed to this report.
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