Myth: COVID-19 cannot survive warm climates

The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive and spread in warm climates. SARS-CoV-2 has spread in countries such as Singapore where the climate is humid and temperatures were higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Tens of thousands of people have been infected in Singapore, and as of May 8, more than 54,000 were infected in Africa. The coronavirus can spread in hot weather and has also spread in countries such as the UK where temperatures were cooler. Hot weather does not protect you from catching the infection. It is important to practice physical distancing, avoid touching your face, and wash hands regularly, to avoid infection.