Coronavirus spikes ‘could take weeks to be seen’ in reopening states after stay home orders lifted

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CORONAVIRUS spikes “could take weeks to be seen” in reopening states after their stay at home orders are lifted.

Experts announced on Wednesday that it will take some time for it to become clear whether the decision to reopen will create more COVID-19 cases.

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Barber shops have reopened in Tennessee[/caption]

“Part of the challenge is although we are focused on the top-line national numbers in terms of our attention, what we are seeing is 50 different curves and 50 different stories playing out,” Thomas Tsai, assistant professor at the Harvard Global Health Institute, told the Associated Press.

“And what we have seen about COVID-19 is that the story and the effect is often very local.”

A handful of states started easing their lockdowns about two weeks ago, from allowing the reopening of shopping malls in Texas to beach hotels in South Carolina to gyms in Wyoming.

Revellers flocked to Wisconsin bars to celebrate the end of their lockdown on Wednesday, while Georgia was one of the first states where some businesses were allowed to open their doors again, starting April 24 with barber shops, hair salons, gyms, bowling alleys and tattoo parlors.

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Parts of Kentucky have reopened[/caption]

But it may be five to six weeks from the reopening before the effects are known, said Crystal Watson of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

“As we saw early in the year, epidemics of COVID-19 start slow and take some time to build and become evident,” Watson said in an email.

However, counties in Kentucky and Tennessee have seen huge spikes in coronavirus cases since loosening lockdown.

Two of the state’s counties saw the number of virus infections soar by more than 1,000 percent in a week, data from a White House COVID-19 taskforce report shows.

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Bars in Wisconsin have reopened[/caption]

Other ‘locations to watch’ included Charlotte, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Minneapolis; Montgomery, Alabama; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix.

The rates of new cases in Charlotte and Kansas City represented increases of more than 200 percent over the previous week.

The data showed potential emerging hotspots, particularly correlated with states which currently have no stay-at-home orders, according to a task force map.

The coronavirus has devastated the United States, having killed at least 87,965 Americans.

The country currently has a total of 1,474,806 confirmed cases.

However, 317,727 have recovered from the disease.