Florida Could Be the Next COVID-19 Epicenter, Experts Say

With many states seeing a surge in coronavirus cases recently, Florida could be seeing the beginnings of what might make them the new epicenter for the virus.

Projections from a Wednesday model by scientists at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania show that Florida has "all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission."

"The potential for the virus to take off there is very, very nerve-racking and could have catastrophic consequences," Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham told CNN.

Florida, along with nine other states, has seen a record-high surge in coronavirus cases in the last seven days. Among these states are Alabama, Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas.

Health experts continue to stress the importance of various safety precautions to reduce the spread of the virus, including use of face coverings and adherence to social distancing measures.

Dr. Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN, "The truth is that the pandemic is still very, very active in the United States and that we're not getting back to normal and there are difficult things that the public has to do."

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