Coronavirus: Is It Safer In A Sunny, Warm & Humid Climate Like Miami?

Miami’s climate & lifestyle may slow down coronavirus here. There is still risk of it spreading though.

President Trump recently said that the new virus known as COVID-19 will “go away” in April due to warming temperatures, but experts say that isn’t certain.

Harvard infectious diseases epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch told Stat News that higher temperatures are likely to slow, but not stop the spread. He cited Singapore as evidence, saying “it’s a matter of degree.”

Other warm and humid countries with high levels of tourism from China like Thailand have seen relatively few cases.

Disease experts say that viruses do not survive as long in warm and humid air as they do in cold, dry air. Viruses also are broken down and killed in sunlight.

Miami also has very little public transportation (normally seen by residents as a negative.) Not being crammed on a train with strangers eliminates a risk factor.

Many Miami residents spend much of their time in indoor, air conditioned environments, however (and in contact with northerners), which allows the cold and flu to take hold here.

The new coronavirus is likely already impacting Miami economically. As of this morning, the stock market is on track for its worst week since the financial crisis last decade.

 

 

The ocean off Miami Beach: