The Sun Claims to Reduce the Risk of Death from Covid, but Doesn’t Kill the Virus

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

Case Covid-19 in Indonesia has increased again. In addition to the issue of the booster vaccine speeding which had stagnated, claims of sunlight as a recipe for treating Covid-19 are also buzzing again.

The addition of daily Covid-19 cases as of Friday (8/7) there were 2,472 positive cases. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia currently reaches 6,106,024, as of the first case announced by President Joko Widodo on March 2, 2020.

Based on data from the Wisma Atlet management as of July 7 at 08.00 WIB, there were 16 new Covid-19 patients being treated. So far, there are a total of 205 patients undergoing centralized isolation in Tower 6.



The increase in the number of patients occurred in line with the development of the DKI Jakarta Covid-19 which increased due to the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants in the past month. The government has again tightened the rules for using masks outdoors which had previously been relaxed.

When cases increase, it’s good to remember old rumors about Covid-19 so that you can apply the right treatment. One of them, the issue of the sun can kill the Corona Virus.

Quoted from Science DailyAccording to a study, increased exposure to sunlight, especially Ultraviolet-A (UVA), can reduce the death rate from Covid-19.

The study found that people who live in areas with the highest levels of UVA exposure, which 95 percent of which comes from sunlight, have a lower risk of dying from Covid-19 than those with lower levels of exposure. This analysis was repeated in England and Italy and obtained the same results.

The observed reduced risk of death from Covid-19 cannot be explained by higher vitamin D levels, experts say.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh also compared all recorded deaths from Covid-19 in the continental US from January to April 2020 with UV levels for 2,474 US states over the same time period.

Professor Chris Dibben, Chair of Health Geography at the University of Edinburgh, said: “The relationship between Covid-19 mortality, season and latitude is quite striking, and here we offer an alternative explanation for this phenomenon.

In a follow-up study it was found that exposure to sunlight causes the release of nitric oxide in the skin which can reduce the ability of SARS Coronavirus2, the cause of Covid-19, to replicate.

“There’s still a lot we don’t understand about Covid-19, which has caused so many deaths around the world. The results of this early study open up sun exposure as a potential way to reduce the risk of death,” said Richard Weller, research correspondent and consultant dermatologist. at the University of Edinburgh in a paper published in the British Journal of Dermatology, an official publication of the British Association of Dermatologists.

President Joko Widodo also briefly mentioned that hot temperatures will shorten the life of the corona virus. The statement was made according to the words of a US Department of Homeland Security official, who is not a scientist, in 2020.

“The higher the temperature, the higher the humidity, and direct exposure to sunlight will further shorten the life span of the Covid-19 virus in the air and on non-porous surfaces,” said Jokowi, 2020.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has also clarified the statement that mentions sunbathing as a cure for Covid-19 is a hoax.

According to the WHO, anyone can catch COVID-19 no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. The Covid-19 virus can spread in hot climates or vice versa.

“FACT: Exposing yourself to sunlight or temperatures higher than 25 degrees Celsius does NOT protect you from COVID-19,” the WHO said on its website.


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