Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus and ambient temperature : a critical review

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Author(s)

  • Yunsong Mu
  • Meichen Shao
  • Buqing Zhong
  • Yiqun Zhao
  • John P. Giesy
  • Jin Ma
  • Fengchang Wu
  • Fangang Zeng

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37051–37059
Journal / PublicationEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Volume28
Issue number28
Online published29 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought unprecedented public health, and social and economic challenges. It remains unclear whether seasonal changes in ambient temperature will alter spreading trajectory of the COVID-19 epidemic. The probable mechanism on this is still lacking. This review summarizes the most recent research data on the effect of ambient temperature on the COVID-19 epidemic characteristic. The available data suggest that (i) mesophilic traits of viruses are different due to their molecular composition; (ii) increasing ambient temperature decreases the persistence of some viruses in aquatic media; (iii) a 1°C increase in the average monthly minimum ambient temperatures (AMMAT) was related to a 0.72% fewer mammalian individuals that would be infected by coronavirus; (iv) proportion of zoonotic viruses of mammals including humans is probably related to their body temperature difference; (v) seasonal divergence between the northern and southern hemispheres may be a significant driver in determining a waved trajectory in the next 2 years. Further research is needed to understand its effects and mechanisms of global temperature change so that effective strategies can be adopted to curb its natural effects. This paper mainly explores possible scientific hypothesis and evidences that local communities and authorities should consider to find optimal solutions that can limit the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Research Area(s)

  • Ambient temperature, COVID-19, Global seasonal change, Mammals, Trend prediction

Citation Format(s)

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus and ambient temperature : a critical review. / Mu, Yunsong; Shao, Meichen; Zhong, Buqing; Zhao, Yiqun; Leung, Kenneth M. Y.; Giesy, John P.; Ma, Jin; Wu, Fengchang; Zeng, Fangang.

In: Environmental Science and Pollution Research , Vol. 28, No. 28, 07.2021, p. 37051–37059.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review