A Consultant Virologist, Dr. Adeola Fowotade, has come out to say that the hot tropical climate in Nigeria can reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in the country.
Dr. Adetola of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, revealed this as he spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recently.
According to her, some experts feel the COVID-19 does behave like the influenza virus, which is a seasonal disease that is rampant in colder climates, making the nation too hot for coronavirus to spread.
She, however, added that she believes the outbreak might not go on for too long and it could end very soon.
His words, “That is an extrapolation from what happened with influenza virus also known as the flu, which is most prevalent in colder climate during winter.
“We believe that if COVID-19 is a Respiratory Tract Infection, probably it will follow the same pattern.
“There is a very high chance there will be some remission as temperature gets warmer in those temperate places.
“But for us with tropical climate, we believe that this outbreak might not go on for too long and might abate very soon.
“This is because the droplets generated by the virus cannot travel far and this virus is an envelope virus.
“Envelop viruses are very susceptible and cannot survive very long in hot climate.”
“We should still continue to take precautions because we found that this virus has a very high transmissibility, that is, when one person is infected that person has a high chance of infecting four more people.
“It is very important that we ensure that we prevent infections by observing best precautionary and preventive measures.”