A previously unknown strain of coronavirus has dominated headlines in recent weeks, and alarmed public health officials with its rapid spread and virulent nature. But is it really a surprise to scientists studying infectious diseases: it is only to reach one of the many pathogens that have the potential catastrophic. I have no evidence that climate change this particular virus to pass from animals to humans triggered at this particular time, or that a warmer planet has contributed to spread it. That is, it is quite clear that the lead can result in increased future outbreaks of viruses and other pathogens, in general, climate change. Scientists have understood for decades that climate change could change diseases of the way, but as the planet warms, these assumptions will be tested and scientists are learning in real time. There are many links between climate change and infectious diseases, but they are particularly new focus on the over-range of knowledge: how rising temperatures make our natural immune system less effective. Sign up for our daily newsletter crown by clicking on this link, and send any tips, leads and [email protected] stories. Our bodies are amazing disease-fighting machine. An adjustment goes a long way: our warm body temperature can also shut down, all sorts of unwanted invaders. When a pathogen enters the body, we often get a fever, we heat it still further from the disease to fight. Fever stimulates the immune system and the heat which ideally creates difficult for pathogens to survive an environment. But as temperatures pathogenic agents via the warmest on they are exposed in the natural world, which are better equipped for the high temperature inside the human body to survive. “Whenever we have a very hot day a selection event,” said Arturo Casadevall, professor of microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The pathogens that survive better and play-adapted to higher temperatures, even in our bodies. And so one of the main defense mechanisms of our body decreases in effectiveness. This is not theoretical, the worry away. Last year, Casadevall and colleagues in the journal documenting Mbio Auris as Candida (a fungus that enters the bloodstream, leading to a number of complaints) simultaneously in three different remote locations in South-patients was in Asia, Venezuela and South Africa between 2012 and 2015 in our globalized world are the diseases that often transported by human carriers hopping on planes, but in this case, the scientists found that similar changes in climatic conditions in each of these places probably have driven the simultaneous development. It ‘hard to say how widespread this effect could be Casadevall says, but there is no reason to believe that would Auris limited to Candida fungi. The strain of coronavirus, which is now spreading Candida difference for many reasons, but it is likely vector-blocks-animal provides an interesting example of how temperatures affect the spread of infectious diseases. Like humans, bats are mammals, to protect them from disease, maintain a warm body temperature. But while our body temperature remains at 98.6 ° C and a few degrees peaks when we bat body temperature regularly sufferers can jump as high as 105 ° F. That is, they can cause all sorts of pathogens without suffering from them, in the near future as global temperatures inches, the bats are still protected by their body heat, while the pathogens that bring better able to harm us. For decades, scientists have recognized that climate change could lead to a number of health consequences. A 1992 report by the National Academy of Sciences, cited, for example, could lead to the spread of infectious diseases in a number of ways, climate change and described the lack of resources for studying the effects of climate change on health as a dedicated “to disturb.” Four years later, a widely quoted paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association has warned that climate change could increase the spread of everything from malnutrition to malaria, and has called for a concerted study among doctors, climate scientists and social scientists. In the same year, the World Health Organization published a 300-page tome on the subject, looking at a whole range of relationships between climate and health, but also stressed that the links are “complex and multifactorial.” Now we know more than we have, but there is still much we do not know. If Arctic is melting the permafrost, that pathogens that have been buried for thousands of years, are in the atmosphere are released and we can fight? What will be the loss of entire communities, countries and ways of life on the human psyche? To what extent the disease-carrying mosquitoes are isolated in the tropics migrate their range shifts? Scientists are scrambling to find answers to these questions and many other “known unknowns”, but many unknowns remain unknown and no doubt in some sense, this is what I find most frightening. A version of this article was originally published in time Air one.five Newsletter, Click here to register for these stories to get there early.