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is the covid-19 'sensitive' to heat?

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Dr. Joseph Wood
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Depends: Good Morning, Coronavirus should be killed by cooking temperatures like other corona viruses. If you are asking about heat in the context of weather/climate we are not sure yet about seasonal changes in infections. We do know that people are getting infected in countries/areas with hot weather. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: SARS-CoV-2 grown in culture was undetectable after 5 minutes at 158°F, after 30 minutes at 132°F & it was still detectable at 2 weeks as 39°F . REF: https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/heat-to-kill-coronavirus/heat-coronavirus/. However, this was done in a lab and we don't know how the virus will react to weather.

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