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Summer heat may slow down COVID-19 but experts advised to remain cautious

Chang Shan-chwen , the advisory specialist panel convener at Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), said on Sunday (May 3) that he eyes a slowed spread of the new coronavirus as summer heat approaches; however, he asked the public to remain cautious and observant, CNA reported.

Chang said at the CECC daily press briefing, influenza before has typically occurred during the fall and winter seasons, with a low chance of it happening in summer. With that, he added that the COVID-19 pandemic will gradually diminish in the coming months, continuing that there is theoretical basis for the speculation.

Chang clarified that his remarks may be valid for the temperate region, but not for tropics where things may be different.

The expert said he is expecting to see the virus weakens with the rising temperatures. However, he emphasized that prevention measures should still be strictly  followed despite the heat, as there are many unknowns at the present times.

Meanwhile, CECC Chief Chen Shih-chung advised the public to wash hands often, wear masks, keep social distancing, and check temperatures to avoid the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

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