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Donald Trump thinks warm weather will stop coronavirus—here’s why he’s wrong

Warmer weather may slow the spread of this virus in some parts of the world. But the evidence suggests it won't stop the pandemic

By Jeremy Rossman  

Will hot weather end Coronavirus? Trump has suggested it might—but the reality is more complex. Photo: Prospect composite

As the coronavirus death toll continues to rise, some have suggested that the approaching warmer spring weather in the northern hemisphere may slow or even stop the spread of the disease. US president Donald Trump echoed this, saying: “The heat, generally speaking, kills this kind of virus.” But is he right?

The idea that the approaching spring may stem the spread of the disease comes largely from a comparison with the…

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