Can the change in weather conditions risk the spread of Coronavirus? Doctors say 'No'

The IMD has updated that several cities of Maharashtra would witness thunderstorms along with rainfall and lightening. Keeping this in mind, several raise questions about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Can the change in weather conditions risk the spread of Coronavirus? Doctors say 'No'

Over the last few days, many parts of the state have witnessed unseasonal rainfall and officials from the weather bureau department have already warned that some districts might witness a possible thunderstorm in the next five days. This news has brought a lot of concern regarding the coronavirus scare, as many have been talking about the spread of COVID-19 during monsoon, due to the change in weather conditions.

However, doctors and experts have brushed off the news and said that there is no such data which points out this concern, emphasising on the fact that the spread of COVID-19 has no correlation with humidity or related weather conditions. Doctors have clarified that one should not panic as there is no link between the two and studies conducted to understand the link between the spread and weather, have not given positive results, as they were either inconclusive or have proved otherwise.

However, as precautionary measures, both state health minister Rajesh Tope and CM Uddhav Thackeray have asked people to stay in regular temperatures and not use air-conditioners. CM said that the team is taking the necessary steps to manage the situation during rainfall. Sharing more information about the upcoming weather changed, an IMD official said that there may be thunderstorm accompanied with rain and lightning and this would be restricted to some interior parts of Maharashtra.

A few days back parts of Solapur, Kolhapur, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune and Mahabaleshwar observed light to moderate rainfall, with the temperature reducing in some nearby cities.

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