There have been studies, however, that show that viruses transmit better at low temperatures and low humidity, with research from the US National Institute of Health suggesting that in cold temperatures the outer shell of flu virus particles gets tougher and more hardy, allowing them to survive longer.
A paper out of China doing the rounds on social media suggests the spread of COVID-19 had been slower as the temperature and humidity increased. But experts have told the ABC they don’t think the paper “can show that categorically.”
If we look at the 1918 Spanish flu, there were three waves of the illness during the pandemic.
The first wave in the spring wasn’t that bad – it was the second wave in autumn that was the deadliest. By the time it hit the second time around, it had mutated into a much deadlier version of its former self.
Just because we’ve drastically reduced rates of the…