Coronavirus is going NOWHERE: Outbreaks will return again and again, warns experts

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Scientists said the virus will not simply disappear preparations must be made for it to return each winter. This comes after the World Health Organisation warned a second wave of coronavirus is likely to return this autumn. Experts at the University of Sydney and the Fudan University School of Public Health in Shanghai have examined the relationship between COVID-19 and the weather.

Professor Michale Ward from the University of Sydney told The Sun: “COVID-19 is likely to be a seasonal disease that recurs in periods of lower humidity.

“We need to be thinking if it’s wintertime, it could be COVID-19 time.”

The scientist said the winter months are likely to see spikes of coronavirus.

He added: “When it comes to climate, we found that lower humidity is the main driver here, rather than colder temperatures.

“It means we may see an increased risk in winter here, when we have a drop in humidity.

“But in the northern hemisphere, in areas with lower humidity or during periods when humidity drops, there might be a risk even during the summer months. So vigilance must be maintained.”

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This is because when the humidity is lower, the air is drier and aerosols are able to remain in the air for longer.

The scientist found a reduction in humidity of only one per cent could see cases increase by six percent.

Professor Ward said: “Even though the cases of COVID-19 have gone down in Australia, we still need to be vigilant and public health systems need to be aware of potentially increased risk when we are in a period of low humidity.

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“Ongoing testing and surveillance remain critical as we enter the winter months, when conditions may favour coronavirus spread.”

There are fears in the UK the summer months could see a reduction in the spread of the virus, but this could end in a second wave in the autumn time.

Director for the WHO European region, Dr Hans Kluge, has said he is very concerned about a second wave of the coronavirus, which could be deadlier than the first.

He said to the Telegraph: “I’m very concerned about a double wave – in the fall, we could have a second wave of COVID and another one of seasonal flu or measles.”

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 came back for a second wave and killed 50 million people.

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