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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: Has Florida flattened the curve?

The state has done well to reduce the number of cases, but it has more steps to take to curb the pandemic’s effects, says infectious disease specialist Dr. Sally Alrabaa.
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 Apr. 23, 2020

This week, state officials began conversations about reopening Florida. At the same time, residents are trying to figure out where Florida stands amid the pandemic.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday assured residents that the curve has flattened and our hospital systems will not be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about whether it's safe to re-open the state.

The number of new cases in Florida has been trending downward in the past couple weeks, the same trend is not yet true for COVID-19 deaths. In fact, Wednesday marked a 24-hour period with 61 new deaths. Since the state’s first death more than a month ago, only one day has seen more reported deaths.

So, to get a better understanding of where Florida is on the curve, host Allison Graves talked with Dr. Sally Alrabaa, an infectious disease specialist at the University of South Florida.

We don’t have a set schedule for the Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we will 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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