Consultant Virologist, Dr. Adeola Fowotade, said that the warm tropical climate obtained in Nigeria may help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Fowotade, from University College Hospital, Ibadan, said this while speaking to the Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan.
According to her, some experts think that COVID-19 may behave like the influenza virus, which is a common seasonal disease in colder weather, making Nigeria too hot for the spread of the coronavirus.
“This is an extrapolation of what happened to the influenza virus, also known as influenza, which is more prevalent in the coldest climate during the winter.
“We believe that if COVID-19 is a respiratory tract infection, it will probably follow the same pattern.
“There is a very high chance that there will be remission as the temperature gets warmer in these temperate places.
“But for us with a tropical climate, we believe that this outbreak may not last long and may decrease very soon.
“This is because the droplets generated by the virus cannot travel much and this virus is an envelope virus.
“Envelope viruses are very susceptible and cannot survive for long in hot weather,” she said.
Fowotade, however, emphasized that everyone, including healthcare professionals, must remain vigilant and comply with standard hygiene rules.
“We must still continue to take precautions, because we found that this virus has a very high transmissibility, that is, when a person is infected, that person has a great chance of infecting four more people.
“It is very important to ensure the prevention of infections, observing the best preventive measures,” she said.
In addition, Dr. Kemi Adekanbi, an infectious disease consultant at UCH, said that everyone should practice good hygiene to protect against infection.
According to her, good hygiene practices include regular hand washing with soap and water, coughing and sneezing etiquette and keeping a safe distance from people when they sneeze or cough.
NAN reports that COVID-19 was first identified in humans in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Although it has spread to more than 50 countries and territories, killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 90,000 worldwide, the World Health Organization has not yet declared viral disease a global pandemic.
Dr Tedros Adhanom, WHO director-general, said on Monday: “We appreciate that people are debating whether it is a pandemic or not.
“We are monitoring the situation at each moment of the day and analyzing the data.
“I have said this before and will say it again, WHO will not hesitate to describe it as a pandemic, if that is what the evidence suggests.”