[ti:Does Weather Affect the Coronavirus Outside?] [by:www.houshang36.top] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.04]Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus [00:03.44]outside a building, in the open air? [00:07.08]Not really, experts say. [00:10.84]The World Health Organization (WHO) says [00:13.28]the virus can be spread in any kind of weather. [00:17.68]There is also no reason to believe that cold weather can kill it. [00:25.12]The WHO says the virus is mainly spread between people. [00:31.72]Rain and snow may help reduce the amount of the virus [00:36.20]on chairs or other outside objects. [00:40.48]But spread of the virus from surfaces is not believed [00:45.08]to be a major contributor to the COVID-19 health crisis. [00:49.96]Scientists say the real concern about cold weather [00:56.20]is that lower temperatures are more likely to keep people indoors. [01:02.48]They also are more likely to be in more crowded spaces, [01:07.96]where the virus can spread more easily. [01:11.68]Studies have shown that a large percentage of spread [01:16.88]happens within homes when people [01:19.68]are sharing common areas like bathrooms. [01:24.00]The WHO and others have also warned about the virus spreading [01:31.20]in indoor areas with poor ventilation. [01:35.80]They note the virus can be spread in the air, and infectious particles [01:41.40]might remain in the air for several hours. [01:45.32]Some infections have been linked to nightclub visits, [01:50.28]working out at physical exercise centers, [01:53.96]and even performing with other people as part of a singing group. [02:00.36]The coronavirus does not spread as often outdoors [02:04.44]because fresh air breaks up the virus particles. [02:09.76]People also have an easier time keeping their distance [02:14.00]from others in outdoor areas. [02:18.12]But experts warn that coronavirus spread is still possible [02:22.84]if people spend extended periods of time outdoors [02:27.28]close to others without covering their nose and mouth. [02:32.68]Health officials say the best way to stop spread of the virus [02:38.28]is to wear a face mask in public, [02:41.52]stay at least 2 meters away from people not in your home [02:46.44]and repeatedly wash your hands. [02:50.40]I'm Jonathan Evans. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM www9778con