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Why a warm spring could stop the disease in its tracks - if it acts like similar viruses

Sarah Knapton


  

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Warm spring weather may help to stem the tide of coronavirus infections because similar viruses struggle to survive in hotter temperatures.

Although scientists are still battling to understand the new virus, if it conforms to the patterns of other diseases such as seasonal flu then a mild March and April could stop the disease in its tracks.

In the northern hemisphere, flu season typically begins in October and peaks between December and February, although some cases can last until May.