Coronavirus caused cinemas, leisure centres, gyms and nightclubs to shut their doors. A new test investigates how the virus reacts to seasons. Will life return to normal in summer?
Physicist Saveez Saffarian, University of Utah, stated: “The physics of how the droplets evolve in different temperature and humidity conditions affect how infectious [the virus] is.”
Alongside physicist Michael Vershinin, Saffarian has received around £172,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study how the virus’s protective outer shell responds to changes in heat and humidity.
Vershinin explained: “We’re making a faithful replica of the virus packaging that holds everything together.
The researchers hope to explore how well the virus will transmit in different conditions, including in the summer heat.
Results could potentially influence how long social distancing and lockdown policies are enforced for within the UK.
Vershinin noted: “This is not a vaccine. It won’t solve the crisis, but it will hopefully inform policy decisions going forward.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson updated the public on Friday March 20 about the UK’s latest stance on the pandemic.
Boris Johnson said: “We need to push down further on that curve of transmission.”
In order to do so, pubs, bars and restaurants are now closed.
However, restaurants “can continue to provide takeout services”.
Additionally, leisure centres, gyms, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs have also shut their doors.