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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: How it spreads, and why flattening the curve matters

“We believe at this time that one infected person may pass it on to three or four other people and each one has the ability to pass it to another three or four people. "
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next. [ Eli Zhang ]
Published Mar. 18, 2020
Updated Mar. 18, 2020

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Floridians are on high alert after Gov. Ron DeSantis took another big step in locking down the state on Tuesday.

The governor announced that as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, bars and nightclubs would be closing for 30 days. He also ordered all of Florida’s universities to finish out their spring semesters online and recommended that no groups larger than 10 people be allowed at beaches, and each group must be separated by a significant distance.

To get a better understanding of why these steps are being taken, Coronavirus in Florida host Allison Graves talked to Dr. Sally Alrabaa, an infectious disease specialist at the University of South Florida about why the virus spreads so quickly and what can be done to lower the number of infected people.

We don’t have a set schedule for the Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we plan to publish more episodes in the coming weeks. You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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Tampa Bay Times coronavirus coverage

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STORES REACT TO VIRUS: Some businesses adjust hours or announce temporary closings.

BE PREPARED: Guidelines for essentials to keep in your home should you have to stay inside.

STOCK UP YOUR PANTRY: Foods that should always be in your kitchen, for emergencies and everyday life.

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