Can Australia expect a spike in coronavirus cases over winter?
Community transmission is more likely during the colder months due to lower humidity, viruses surviving longer on hard surfaces and people huddling together indoors
As Australia enters winter – the season of woollen jumpers and runny noses – there is fresh concerns over the country’s low level, yet persistent, community transmission of Covid-19.
Since the start of the pandemic, the virus and the cold have been closely linked in the public mind, with the majority of hard-hit countries experiencing the northern hemisphere winter. But was this merely a coincidence or could a drop in temperature lead to a spike in our cases?