The new study reveals the coronavirus may be strong enough to withstand higher temperatures and won't die from it.
Coronavirus Can Survive Higher Temperatures
Previously, experts hoped that the coming warmer months of summer can help eliminate SARS-CoV-2, which is the novel coronavirus strain behind the current pandemic. Based on previous similar pandemics and the typical cycle of the yearly flu season, their hopes made sense since these viruses usually start infecting people during the latter half of winter and start fading away when the summer comes.
As such, experts were hoping that even if summer does not outright kill the new coronavirus strain, they were hoping that summer would slow it down, at least until we develop a definitive vaccine for it.
Unfortunately, a new study reveals that the virus may be strong enough to withstand the summer's warmer and higher temperatures.
This is the conclusion that researchers at the University of Aix-Marseille in France arrived to after the research that involved placing infected African green monkey kidney cells in a 140-degree Fahrenheit room was made. However, it's also important to know that the study hasn't been peer-reviewed yet.
Per the researchers, this new study had been tested in both "dirty" environments and "clean" laboratory conditions. In both scenarios, researchers said that both of these settings saw the virus replicate even while exposed for an hour at a temperature of 140 degrees. In fact, it took 15 minutes of exposure to 197.6-degree temperature to kill the virus.
To that end, the team behind the research also said that most of these patients had significantly lower viral loads, suggesting that lower heat levels may be effective in killing the virus after all. Then there's the preliminary results from a study conducted by the government, which supports the theory that warmer weather can slow down COVID-19.
"Sunlight destroys the virus quickly," the document said, suggesting that the virus can't survive in humidity, warmer temperatures and sunlight.
However, the Department of Homeland Security declined to confirm these supposed coronavirus findings, saying that "as policy, the department does not comment on allegedly leaked documents ."