Editor's note

Will the heat of the spring and summer stem the pandemic? A National Academies committee on emerging diseases recently assessed the latest research and concluded that weather plays a minor role in the coronavirus’s spread. As for indoor environments, people can make buildings less friendly to pathogens.

And as Americans think about what the next phase of the pandemic might look like, it’s worth considering South Korea’s technology-centric approach to containing disease spread.

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Martin La Monica

Deputy Editor

Plenty of warm and humid places – including Miami – are seeing the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Coronavirus may wane this summer, but don’t count on any seasonal variation to end the pandemic

Ellen Wright Clayton, Vanderbilt University

Winter is flu season – could it be coronavirus season as well? The research is mixed, but other factors besides temperature and humidity have more to do with the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Sunlight, ventilation and relative humidity all affect the microbiome of indoor spaces. iStock / Getty Images Plus

Buildings have their own microbiomes – we’re striving to make them healthy places

Kevin Van den Wymelenberg, University of Oregon; Leslie Dietz, University of Oregon; Mark Fretz, University of Oregon

We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones?

Testing blood provides answers about who has been infected. Sean Gallup/Getty Images News via Getty Images

Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity

Aubree Gordon, University of Michigan; Daniel Stadlbauer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.

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