Sunlight exposure increased Covid-19 recovery rates: A study in the central pandemic area of Indonesia

Sci Total Environ. 2020 Aug 10;729:139016. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139016. Epub 2020 Apr 27.

Abstract

This study aims to present the correlation between sunlight exposure and Covid-19 statuses in Jakarta, Indonesia. The secondary data analysis was derived from surveillance data for Covid-19 from government authorities, including the Ministry of Health, the Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency, and the local government of Jakarta. Three statuses related to Covid-19 were examined in the study: incidence, death, and recovered. Meanwhile, sunlight exposure was presented as daily duration of it. Only the number of recovered patients correlated significantly with sunlight exposure (p-value = .025; r = 0.350). This study's findings showed that sunlight exposure was associated with recovery from Covid-19.

Keywords: Coronavirus; Indonesia; Recovery; Sunlight.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Indonesia
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral* / therapy
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Sunlight*