During a weekly news briefing, Austin Public Health discussed the possibility of a coronavirus second wave coming in mid-to-late June and the effectiveness of the safety measures that were made in order to flatten the curve of the initial wave.
COVID-19 Second Wave Coming Soon
Recently, Austin Public Health attended a weekly news briefing, where it discussed the effectiveness of the safety measures that the state made to slow down COVID-19 cases as it reopened as well as the possibility of a second wave coming sometime around mid-to-late June.
Held on Wednesday, the press conference was hosted by Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott, APH Director Stephanie Hayden and APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette. “We are concerned about that,” Escott said of the possibility of a second wave during the same conference.
“The UT model, other models are all suggesting that beginning mid-June and particularly toward the end of June that we may see a significant increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations,” Escott said, going as far as citing the University of Texas’ COVID-19 Modeling Consortium. Through the pandemic, the university has been churning out research papers and models on the coronavirus in order to help guide health leaders and experts.
However, Escott also went on record to say that just because a second wave has been modeled, it doesn’t mean that it’s the fate that Austin-Travis County is necessarily facing.
“The models aren’t predicting the absolute future, and it’s important to remember that we as a community can change what that future looks like. It is based upon our social distancing, our personal practices, our masking in public. It is up to us to keep the numbers down, it is up to us to keep businesses open, it’s not just the government that can do this for us. It is each individual, each family that has to commit to doing both things well, and if that’s the case we can change our future, we can change the weather forecast for COVID-19 and our jurisdiction,” Escott said.