As of October 5, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance on how COVID-19 spreads via airborne transmission. The small droplets and particles of the virus can linger in the air for minutes to hours, which is a similar transmission to tuberculosis, measles, and chicken pox (CDC, 2020). Furthermore, the CDC states there is evidence that COVID-19 has infected individuals that maintained a social distance of six feet or more in poorly ventilated areas (CDC, 2020). The protection guidelines still remain the same.
The overall number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise for the United States and Texas. North Texas counties have seen limited increases in COVID-19 related deaths; however, cases have gone up (Google, n.d.). Various models provide different forecasts for COVID-19 related cases and deaths in Texas. One simulator put together by Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Georgia Tech, and Boston Medical Center suggests that the cumulative number of cases and deaths will continue to rise through January, but the number of new cases and deaths are expected to drop steadily (COVID-19 Simulator, n.d.). Virtually all simulators agree the cumulative numbers will rise through November (Best and Boice, 2020). The new daily case and death numbers are where the simulators mostly disagree.
Ultimately, it will be hard to tell on a state-by-state model on how Texas and more specifically, North Texas will fare through the seasonal transition. There are so many variables like Texas lifting restrictions, businesses opening back up, and seasonal gatherings. We can help you or someone you know protect themselves in their homes, businesses, and vehicles as the seasons transition. For more information on how we can serve you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (469) 405-9604.
Best, R. and Boice, J. (2020, October 6). Where The Latest COVID-19 Models Think We’re Headed — And Why They Disagree. FiveThirtyEight. https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/covid-forecasts/
CDC. (2020, October 5). How COVID-19 Spreads. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html
COVID-19 Simulator. (n.d.). State-level analysis: Texas. COVID-19 Simulator. https://analytics-tools.shinyapps.io/covid19simulator06/
Google. (n.d.). Coronavirus disease. Google. https://www.google.com/search?q=covid-19+cases&rlz=1C1CHWL_enUS909US909&oq=COVID-19+cases&aqs=chrome.0.0l8.4871j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8