Texas coronavirus epidemic peak expected around May 2

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HOUSTON The leaders extended the stay-work-safety order for Harris County and Houston until late April. A few days later, experts predict that the peak of the coronavirus epidemic will occur in Texas.

Baylor College of Medicine Dr. Paul Klotman said on Tuesday’s announcement that the worst time for the COVID-19 epidemic in Texas is about four weeks away, but with one caveat – social distancing strict must be maintained.

“If we don’t, and follow New York’s infection rate or Italy’s infection rate, not only do we exceed our peak of being able to take care of people, but we push back the peak of ‘about four more weeks,’ Klotman told me. “So rather than being at home for four weeks, it’s more like eight weeks. “

This prediction was echoed by Houston mayor Sylvester Turner at a press conference on Wednesday, where he said that Dr Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine had informed him that the spike is expected to occur at Texas on May 2.

“So the question is, you know, assuming it’s okay and if we all engage in social distancing, how long will we stay? Said Turner.

The mayor also reiterated Klotman’s warning – social distancing and good hygiene must be respected.

“I know people are making a huge sacrifice, but I want you to know that what we are doing with keeping home and working safely, social distancing, hand washing, using a disinfectant, spacing, these practices work, ”said Turner. “When you look at the other cities and where we are today, we have taken important steps to flatten the curve, and that is the goal. “

There has been a steady increase in the number of reported coronavirus cases in the past week, the two largest daily increases having occurred in recent days. This is not unexpected, as tests for the virus are also increasing steadily.

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