Sep 28, 2023
Sep 28, 2023
by Sujata C
While scientists believe so, people in warmer places may be relatively safer as heat kills the virus they say
Could there be a link between climate change and corona virus outbreak? Melting ice caps are releasing some viruses that were lying frozen and dormant for ages. The warming temperatures have stirred them to life and they have woken up with a vengeance. Corona virus could be one of them, they say. It has so far taken 362 lives and laid sick more than 14,000 people.
The viruses attack the species lower in the food chain. Insects, animals and birds have immunity much lower than humans, hence are the first to catch the virus. Humans that come in contact with such animals get infected.
Scientists have known all along that infectious disease transmission patterns are likely to be a major consequence of climate change. To back it with evidence, work is on at World Health Organisation to study the underlying relationship. Results of these studies will help predict future impacts, using better validated models.
Instead of panicking, scientists say, it is better to take the necessary precautions as there is no known cure for corona virus yet. Places that have high temperatures are safer as the heat will kill the virus, scientists say, giving a ray of hope in an alarming scenario.
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|There is no possible link found so far between climate change and nCoV origin. The WHO advice perhaps is applicable to areas where there is an epidemic (several known cases of nCoV infection spreading). Thanks.|
|Thank you for sharing this informative article, Sujata|