President Donald Trump is expressing confidence that warmer temperatures in the springtime will bring about an end to the coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have much evidence to base that on.
The outbreak has infected tens of thousands of individuals in China with nearly a thousand who have died from the disease, according to reporting from Al Jazeera. At least 12 individuals have been infected in the United States so far, NBC News reported.
Trump commented on the spread of the disease while speaking to a group of governors assembled at the White House. The president has said that China assured him the outbreak will slow down due to rising temperatures in the spring, Alternet reported.
“A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat,” Trump said in his statements. “Typically that will go away in April. We’re in great shape, though.”
Trump on coronavirus: "A lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat. As the heat comes in. Typically that will go away in April. We're in great shape, though. pic.twitter.com/p4qEGUWB49
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But reporting from CNN demonstrates that many experts believe that not to be the case, or at the very least believe that the president shouldn’t rely on rising temps to quell the spread of coronavirus.
“It would be reckless to assume that things will quiet down in spring and summer,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, said.
Others are hopeful that the president may be right, but add that he doesn’t really have much to base his hunches on.
“His hope is our hope. But we don’t have knowledge that it will do that,” Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said.
The belief that spring temps will slow things down is even more dubious, given that the Wuhan Province in China is already experiencing temperatures in the 40s to 50s ranges, Fahrenheit.