Florida Enters Critical Period In Coronavirus Fight

Jul 3, 2020

The next two weeks will be crucial in Florida’s struggle with coronavirus, as we learn if the staggering numbers of new cases produce a sharp increase in deaths and whether new government restrictions succeed in slowing the disease’s spread. Here are two scenarios, based on interviews with experts:

The worst case: The disease jumps from younger people, who account for most new cases, to older people, who are most likely to die. Deaths start to take off again. Mandatory local mask laws and other control measures prove insufficient, and the number of new cases continues soaring.

The best case: New cases remain largely confined to younger people, as older people continue to isolate themselves. Deaths remain flat. The latest control measures choke off the spread of the virus, causing the new-case curve to flatten and decline.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.