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New Virus Assessment—These 24 States Had Better Be Very, Very Careful

People wearing face masks for protection against COVID-19 pass a business that has reopened in San Antonio, Thursday, May 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A new coronavirus model says 24 states might have high transmission rates if they reopen without any effort to curb the contagion, the Washington Post reports.

Researchers at Imperial College London drew on case information and cell phone location data to estimate each state’s virus reproduction number, dubbed “Ro” or “R naught”—meaning the number of people each infected person will infect.

The reproduction number is below 1 in 26 states and the District of Columbia, but above 1 in 24 states, including (from the highest Ro factor down):

Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Colorado, Ohio, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Alabama, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, New Mexico, Missouri, and Delaware. 

You can see the full list at Mother Jones.

But there are issues as the model hasn’t been peer-reviewed, and, if it matters, a top epidemiologist on the project was recently caught flouting lockdown rules to visit his married mistress. Imperial College London also drew criticism from conservatives for releasing the dire report that helped pressure the US and UK into imposing tough stay-at-home orders in March (one technologist told the Telegraph that Ferguson’s computer coding was a “buggy mess,” for example).

The university, however,  stands by its work, saying that “without changes in behaviour that result in reduced transmission, or interventions such as increased testing that limit transmission, new infections of COVID-19 are likely to persist, and, in the majority of states, grow.”

In case you missed it: These 10 States Are Waging An Aggressive War Against COVID-19.

Edited via Newser.

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