April 24, 2020

Epidemiologist: no indication warmer weather will deter COVID-19 cases

A discussion with University of Arizona epidemiologist Michael Worobey.

Among the experts tracking the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis, University of Arizona epidemiologist Michael Worobey told Arizona 360 he sees no indication that warmer weather this summer will help slow the spread of the coronavirus, keeping the onus on individuals to practice social distancing even as government leaders ease stay at home orders.

“We’re all going to have to be really smart and responsible, again, bearing in mind that you can transmit the virus before you feel a single twinge of illness,” Worobey said. “If the virus manages to make its way into you and you don’t take those precautions it could then be the virus that gets into a long-term care facility or another area where people are so vulnerable.”

Worobey also discussed the potential for a second surge in cases to happen sooner than the fall as some have speculated.

“If we release these socially distancing measures too early, we’re going to see a surge whether it’s in the summer or the fall. The only escape from this is TTI: test, trace, isolate. So, to the extent that we can, we need to ramp up the virus testing,” Worobey said.

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