Amid increasing evidence of direct correlation between the deadly COVID-19 and hot and humid weather, the good news for India is that the IMD is predicting reasonably wet days and above normal temperatures for most parts of the country in coming days.
Some studies have again reiterated that warmer temperatures and humid weather significantly damages the novel coronavirus.
And on a day the Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan’s positive outlook, including that India had been saved from the Stage 3 or the community transfer stage, the general feeling is perhaps apart from lockdown and management, its weather conditions may also have helped.
If the studies hold good, the good news is weather conditions will continue to favour India’s COVID-19 fight.
According to the IMD, due to continued moisture incursion, strong wind convergence and conducive upper level features, fairly widespread rains will continue over parts of east and northeast and also West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar.
Rain activity is also expected to increase over Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu over the next five days.
Moisture influx from the Arabian Sea and low level easterlies from the Bay of Bengal are likely to cause rains over Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh between April 26 and 28 and plains of the northwest, mainly Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, over the next two days .While rains are expected to continue beyond April 30 as well, many parts are reporting above normal temperatures.
According to this latest report from the US, 'sunlight kills COVID-19 and warmer temperatures and humid weather significantly damage the virus, measured in terms of the virus’ half life or the time it takes to cut its potency in half”.
The interesting part is that though researchers are working on the link since the virus hit the world, this particular report from the US Department of Homeland Security is being called the 'first official stamp' on the correlation.