Health Expert: Hurricane Evacuation Shelters Could Spread COVID-19

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Evacuations and shelters are part of preparing for any hurricane. However, that could be dangerous during the coronavirus pandemic and further spread the virus by evacuating people from COVID-19 hotspots.

“Now that we are evacuating individuals from those areas of the state where infection numbers are higher and moving them elsewhere, so absolutely there is an increased risk of transmission,” said Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. Fred Lopez.

That is why Dr. Lopez says testing is so important.

“And certainly if you feel sick you should let the shelter personnel know so that you can be appropriately evaluated and isolated if need be,” he said.

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