Dry Colorado Summer Could Slow Coronavirus Spread
It is believed that the Coronavirus is spread in two main ways: direct contact with someone carrying the virus airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing.
According to Denver 7, Thomas Jaenisch, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Colorado School of Public Health, said that he believes the state’s dry and warm summer climate could help contain the coronavirus’ spread during the upcoming warmer seasons.
“The droplet airborne transmission is more effective in a cold, moist climate", said Jaenisch who went on to exclaim that ultimately we don't know enough yet to be certain.
Dr. Stefan Baral, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, also speculated that warm weather will drive down the spread of coronavirus.
Most of Colorado receives less than 20 inches of precipitation a year, placing it generally among the drier places in the country, according to Denver 7.
Baral said, in the Wintertime people are "closer to each other because they’re not outside, and there’s generally less air circulation. All of those things increase the amount of any virus that is spread by respiratory or droplet transmission. The relationship between weather and coronaviruses is long understood. Here, though, this is a coronavirus that obviously has a higher mortality rate than previous coronaviruses.”