No Evidence for Temperature-Dependence of the COVID-19 Epidemic

by Tahira Jamil, Intikhab Alam, Takashi Gojobori, Carlos M. Duarte
Research article Year: 2020 DOI:


Jamil, T., Alam, I., Gojobori, T., & Duarte, C. M. (2020). No evidence for temperature-dependence of the COVID-19 epidemic. Frontiers in public health8, 436.


The pandemic of the COVID-19 extended from China across the north-temperate zone, and more recently to the tropics and southern hemisphere. The hypothesis that COVID-19 spread is temperature-dependent was tested based on data derived from nations across the world and provinces in China. No evidence of a pattern between spread rates and ambient temperature was found, suggesting that the SARS-CoV-2 is unlikely to behave as a seasonal respiratory virus.