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Cascading Risks of COVID-19 Resurgence During an Active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Educational Objective
To understand the cascading risks of a COVID-19 resurgence during an active hurricane season
1 Credit CME

During the summer of 2020, resurging coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and climate-driven hurricanes are on a collision course, potentially creating double jeopardy for US coastal residents in the 8 contiguous hurricane coastal states from Texas to the Carolinas and for those who live in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.1,2 Hurricane coastal states generally remained open throughout the spring break weeks in March, imposed moderate mitigation restrictions during April and early May, and then moved early and aggressively to reopen. These same states are now on alert as an early developing active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has already produced an unprecedented 9 named storms before the end of July.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: James M. Shultz, MS, PhD, Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, 1600 NW 10th Ave, Miami, FL 33136 (jshultz1@med.miami.edu).

Published Online: August 12, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15398

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Galea reported serving as a consultant to Tivity and Sharecare. No other disclosures were reported.

Additional Information: Mr Fugate served as an administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 2009 to 2017.

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