TL;DR: A day after Delaware and Bucks County officials asked Gov. Tom Wolf to assess nursing-home coronavirus cases separately from the general population for reopening, Wolf reiterated today that he would be using the same reopening metric statewide. My colleague Marie McCullough reports why coronavirus models do not give us what we desperately want: a crystal ball. We made all of our digital journalism free today as part of Giving Tuesday. If you want to help support our public service mission, you can make a donation here that will go toward funding our work.
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A day after Delaware and Bucks County officials asked Gov. Tom Wolf to assess nursing-home cases differently from the general public in deciding when the hard-hit counties around Philadelphia could reopen, Wolf reiterated today that he would be using the same reopening metric statewide. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine has also rejected calls for the state to separately count nursing-home cases. Here is how low Philly’s case count has to be for the state to consider reopening.
Our understanding of the coronavirus, and how it spreads, keeps changing. This means the models made to estimate its characteristics, such as the time between getting infected and showing symptoms, or estimate the hospital capacity needs, or guide reopening strategies have been “at best, educated guesses, and at worst, dead wrong,” my colleague Marie McCullough reports. Read more about how models are used and what their limitations are here.
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