Andrew FreedmanEditor focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment. March 11 at 8:00 AM As cases of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, rapidly increase in the United States and other parts of the world, epidemiologists and other researchers are urgently trying to learn more about the pathogen involved. One question that some virus specialists, and some meteorologists, are asking is whether there may be a seasonal aspect to this outbreak. In other words, is this more like the flu, which has a distinct winter peak in the United States and Europe and then ebbs for the spring and summer? Or is this here to stay at a high level of spread throughout the warm season? [Mapping the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and worldwide] A new study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, shows that the novel coronavirus has been spreading most readily along an east-west band of the globe where the average temperatures are between 41 and 52 degrees and average humidity levels are between about 50 and 80 percent. The study, by researchers at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and in the Middle East, hypothesizes that the most

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