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August 12, 2020

Cascading Risks of COVID-19 Resurgence During an Active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Disaster and Extreme Event Preparedness, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • 2Craig Fugate Consulting LLC, Gainesville, Florida
  • 3School of Public Health, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2020;324(10):935-936. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15398

During the summer of 2020, resurging coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and climate-driven hurricanes are on a collision course, potentially creating double jeopardy for US coastal residents in the 8 contiguous hurricane coastal states from Texas to the Carolinas and for those who live in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.1,2 Hurricane coastal states generally remained open throughout the spring break weeks in March, imposed moderate mitigation restrictions during April and early May, and then moved early and aggressively to reopen. These same states are now on alert as an early developing active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has already produced an unprecedented 9 named storms before the end of July.

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