Here’s a bit of uplifting news to shake up your newsfeed after weeks of despair – temperatures are expected to rise in the Netherlands next week, making circumstances slightly more averted towards the coronavirus.
Better say goodbye to your hopes and dreams of one winter wonderland day this winter- temperatures will reach 12 C this Sunday, and from then on will average 15 C next week, according to RTLNieuws.
And that incoming warmer weather might be good for the soul and body:
What does this mean for the coronavirus pandemic?
Well, in general flu season is cut short by the debut of summer according to research. However, in the case of coronavirus where much is still unknown (i.e. how it can be cured, what exactly it does), so it’s unsure whether or not heat will have an impact.
However, if COVID-19 is like any other virus, it is likely that warmer weather will slow down the spread.
And even if that isn’t the case, when the sun’s out, so is everyone else – this in turn reduces the spread of the virus since people are more widely dispersed instead of closely grouped together indoors. Furthermore, the virus stays in the air for less time during the summer due to humidity as the particles attract more moisture, become heavy and fall to the ground quicker, thereby reducing its chances of spreading, according to National Geographic.
But it should be noted that even if the virus is temporarily lowered due to the heat, if public health officials do not succeed in suppressing it properly or eradicating it, it could return – that too, with with even more tenacity. So it’s better to knock it out as soon as possible.
More information about COVID-19 in the Netherlands
For more information, be sure to check out our guide to coronavirus in the Netherlands to stay up-to-date with the most recent information.
You can also watch our video, where we touch upon questions like how did coronavirus come to the Netherlands? What can you do against it in daily life? Is the Netherlands properly prepared for a COVID-19 pandemic?
And if you’re feeling a little anxious about the coronavirus overload, this article might help.