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Coronavirus weather: Why does coronavirus thrive in the British weather?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that everyone aged 70 and over will need to self-isolate for a period of time, expected to start “within the coming weeks”.  He said that although the move will not come into effect just yet, it is expected to last “a very long time” when it eventually does. 

Over-70s and young people with certain health conditions will be told to stay at home and have food and necessary medical supplies delivered to their home, Hancock said. 

The Scottish government has also set out its coronavirus strategy and said it has no intentions of isolating the elderly but would instead “ask them to reduce social contact”.

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “We don’t want people who are elderly to be stuck in their homes alone not contacting anyone, with their families not being in touch with them and help them. 

“What we’re saying to them is, reduce your contact.” 

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Why does British weather provide the perfect environment for Coronavirus to thrive?

Information from the Government and Public Health England indicates there will be a slow growth of new cases every day, just as has been happening in recent weeks. 

After this period, we will most likely see a huge soar in confirmed cases. 

If temperatures in Britain this year follow last year’s, the humid and damp climate means that the UK will become the perfect breeding ground for the virus, according to a new study. 

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Temperature records of countries where the virus has been spreading rapidly show similar temperatures of 5-11 Degrees Celsius and humidity rates of 47 to 49 percent. 

These conditions are similar to laboratory conditions in which the virus flourishes.

However, it is also possible that as warmer temperatures set in the coronavirus could die out.  

When will the coronavirus peak in the UK?

The UK’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Thursday, March 12, that he does not expect the peak of the virus any time soon. 

He said when asked about the best way of tackling the virus: “If you move too early, people get fatigued. This is a long haul.” 

Mr. Whitty said the country can expect the worst of the pandemic to hit in 10 to 14 weeks, meaning it could hit hardest during the May half-term break. 

The Department of Health has warned that the peak will likely be in around three months when 95 percent of people are predicted to have contracted the virus. 

This means that most people will contract coronavirus between May and June. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week that the most dangerous period is still weeks away. 

Medical experts hope that Britain’s response will be to delay the peak beyond the normal end of flu season in April and into the summer, when the NHS will be less busy. 

What could slow down the peak?

The Government is trying to implement a “herd immunity” in a bid to reduce the peak. This means that the more people get sick, the more the population will become immune to the infection. 

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific advisor, said that some of the social distancing measures recommended like self-isolating for seven days at the presence of symptoms is “actually quite extreme”. 

He added: “If you suppress something very, very hard, when you release those measures it bounces back and it bounces back at the wrong time.

“Our aim is to try and reduce the peak, broaden the peak, not suppress it completely.”

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