And in summer what will happen? High temperatures slow coronavirus, study says
To date, there are very few studies that we have on the cause of the greatest global pandemic of our day. When the race for the Covid 19 vaccine is still at stake, and experts are talking about 12 to 18 months to get it ready, and we hope that the long-awaited mass tests will become a reality, little by little new research is emerging that sheds a little more light and provides us with more data and accurate information to improve both diagnosis and prevention of the disease.
Just a month ago, when we were in the worst phase of the pandemic in our country, a preliminary study carried out by scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), determined that the areas with the highest temperatures on the planet seemed to have a lower incidence of propagation Covid 19. In the same study, it was published that most of the virus transmission had occurred in low temperature regions, specifically between 3 and 17 degrees, while in regions with temperatures above 18 degrees they had 6% of the total cases.
A new study seems to confirm that the rate of involvement increases at a lower average temperature
A month later we are fortunate to have more scientific information about this new pathogen. A recent study carried out in Spain by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) and the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) Compares the results of the incidence index during the last 14 days as the number of new daily infections per 100,000 inhabitants, with the average temperature corresponding to the same period of time in all the autonomous communities. The results seem to corroborate that there is a direct correlation between a higher incidence of the disease with a lower average temperature such as the communities of La Rioja, Castilla y León or Madrid.. While in those places where the temperature is higher, the incidence is lower, as in the case of Andalusia or the Canary Islands.
How does air pollution influence?
In the report, published by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco), in addition to the meteorological variables, air pollution in the spread of the virus in our country has been studied with the aim of creating a surveillance and containment system based on early warning and monitoring of these factors.
Inclusion in the study of data on air humidity and the presence of air pollution It was carried out in order to establish parameters that allow us to know if there is a relationship between these factors, which are known to have a direct relationship with respiratory diseases, pathologies with which it is the most common coronavirus.
But the question we ask ourselves as a result of these studies is the following: What will happen in summer? The most reasonable conclusion after seeing these results is to think that high temperatures will end the Covid 19 or at least mitigate its incidence in our country. But in order to draw accurate conclusions, scientists they keep working on these investigations and adding more variables of research such as hospital admissions, ICU admissions, mortality rate … for an improvement in identification and a narrowing of the measures to be taken in prevention and diagnosis.