Does the weather affect the spread of coronavirus to the outside?
The World Health Organization says the virus can be transmitted in any kind of weather and there’s no reason to believe that the cold could kill it.
The United Nations health agency said the virus mainly spreads between people. Rain and snow can thin any traces of the virus on couches or other external objects, but transmission from the surfaces is not believed to be the main cause of the pandemic.
Scientists say the real concern about cold weather is that lower temperatures are more likely to keep people indoors ̵1; potentially in more crowded spaces where the virus can spread. easier.
Studies have shown that a significant percentage of the spread occurs in households when people share common areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.
WHO and other organizations have also warned that in indoor spaces with poor ventilation, transmission is easier because viruses can spread through the air and infectious particles can be ignored. suspended in the air for several hours.
The pervasive events have originated in nightclubs, gymnasiums and even choir rehearsals. Coronavirus does not often spread outdoors because the fresh air scatters viral particles and it is easier for people to keep their distance from others. But experts warn that if people spend long periods outdoors near others without wearing a mask, coronavirus can still spread.
Health officials say the best way to stop the transmission of the virus is to wear a mask in a public place, at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from people who are not in the home and wash hands frequently.
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