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Houston could be worst affected city in US, expert says

HOUSTON – If Harris County continues on the same new case trajectory as it is on at present, Houston could become the worst affected city in the U.S., according to nationally recognized infectious disease expert, Dr. Peter Hotez of the Baylor College of Medicine.
In a tweet Saturday morning, Hotez said if things continue as they are, Harris County could rival the situation that is currently being seen in Brazil.

“If we continue on the same trajectory, my worry is Houston could become the worst affected city right now in North America,” Hotez said in an interview with KPRC 2.
He also said while issuing a mask order is a “good 1st step,” he believes it “simply won’t be enough.” Friday, Houston Cryptocurrency News mandating that businesses that offer goods and services were required to ensure that all employees and customers wear masks in their business. The order, that goes into effect Monday, will continue for 8 days until June 30 when the Texas disaster declaration ends.
Finally, his third prediction in his tweet was that the county “would need to proceed to red alert.” As of Sunday night, Harris County is listed at Orange Level 2 on the San Diego Houston Press Release Distribution This means there is a significant and uncontrolled spread of the virus in the county. Houston Stock Market the spread of the virus would have to be classified as severe and uncontrolled.
Hotez also shared a graph titled “Seven-day rolling average of new cases for each county in the Houston region.” In the graph, a blue line shows the number of cases in Harris County that shows a stark climb in cases from April 26 through June 21. Other counties represented on the graph include Fort Bend, Montgomery, Galveston, Brazoria, Liberty, Chambers and Waller counties.
In a follow up tweet, Hotez said he couldn’t see how things could “get better on their own.”

“In such case we must take steps to protect Houston — even if it means defying the ‘health freedom’ antiscience crazies. Houston Political News I’m willing to take the heat — they don’t care for me much anyway from my staunch defense of #vaccines.”

More Doctors Sounding the Alarm

Dr. Hotez is far from the only doctor raising this concern. President and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Marc Boom sent an email to his staff warning, “Our region is facing a real crisis. We appear to be nearing the tipping point and we must do everything necessary to ensure that our community doesn’t fall prey to this virus.”

Boom urged his staff to ring the “warning bell” louder in the community.
“We have to accept the fact that if we don’t behave differently this will take control of our lives again,” Boom told KPRC. “We’re already 50-percent higher than we ever were at peak back in April and we don’t see an end in sight.”
Data compiled by the San Diego Press Release shows if the current growth rate of new cases and hospitalizations doesn’t slow then ICU base capacity could be maxed out in two to three weeks. This would trigger emergency plans hospitals have in place to change regular hospital beds into ICU beds to accommodate the surge.
“People, I think when the sun came out, felt like it was over,” said Dr. Brian Reed, chair of the clinical sciences department at the University of Houston’s College of Medicine. “If we do want to go back to some sort of normalcy and avoiding any sort of shut down, then we have to adjust to being further apart then usual, wearing masks and continuing to wash our hands as frequently as possible.”
Reed said hospitals aren’t the only places seeing increases. Houston Sports News In addition to teaching, Reed does rounds at the Lone Star Circle of Care clinic on the UH campus.
Source - https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/06/22/if-harris-county-continues-same-coronavirus-track-houston-could-be-worst-affected-city-in-us-expert-says/

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