PH's summer heat won't kill covid-19 - WHO

PH's summer heat won't kill covid-19 - WHO

A few weeks back, Filipinos were having this sense of confidence that the coronavirus (covid-19) will not spread in the country’s sizzling summer heat.
But now that the confirm covid-19 cases in the country is increasing as the day goes by, the myth that it will not survive in a hot country is slowly being overturned by the virus itself.

“We are seeing continuing transmission in very tropical countries like Singapore [and] Malaysia. And so, the evidence we have at this point in time is not supportive”, Rabindra Abeyasinghe World Health Organization (WHO) representative to the Philippines said.
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What is certain, however, is that the virus has a lesser chance of surviving in warmer countries with high humidity than in countries with a colder, low-humid climate, he added.
“So, this could work in favor of lower levels of transmission, but there are other factors, such as overcrowding, which could work negatively,” he said.
 The actual outcome would depend on each country’s situation, Abeyasinghe continued.

The WHO representative to the Philippines believes “that countries like [the] Philippines and, in fact, even countries like Korea and Italy where there are considerably higher numbers of cases, can contain it by following a response, as has been demonstrated very successfully by the Chinese government.”
Abeyasinghe adds that covid-19 “is largely a mild disease, we want to reiterate…the importance for people who are having respiratory signs and symptoms to practice social distancing. Do not go to work, do not go to school, do not go to crowded places if you’re having signs of” respiratory infection.

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Report from Manila Times

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