Why is Covid surging in Michigan? Experts share obvious answers

October 21, 2020, 8:56 AM

Michigan is seeing its highest Covid case counts since the virus peaked in April.

Why? Experts tell The Detroit News it's a combination of cold weather pushing people to socialize indoors, plus an unwillingness to sacrifice for the collective good (or what experts more generously call "pandemic fatigue"):

In rural parts, there are feelings of invincibility because those areas were previously unaffected by the disease, they say.

"It’s cooler, and the virus loves cold weather because it can survive longer. And we are socializing indoors and unfortunately letting down our guard," said Ali Mokdad, a professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

The state health department Tuesday added 1,586 confirmed Covid cases to its rolling tally of nearly 150,000 diagnoses since mid-March. More than 1,000 people were hospitalized as of last week.  

Read more:  The Detroit News

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