Is snow slowing the spread of COVID-19?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis medical expert believes the winter blast could help reduce COVID-19 transmission.

UTHSC College of Medicine Dean Scott Strome said that more people are stuck inside because of the weather, and fewer people are gathering.

Dean Strome said the downside is vaccination sites are closed, which he said translates into fewer people getting vaccinated.

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Dean Strome doesn’t believe a delay between the first and second dose will make a major impact, but he emphasizes it’s important to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.

“The roads aren’t plowed, and it’s difficult to get out. It’s almost by definition going to be good for reducing the rate of transmission,” said Strome.

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Dean Strome said the COVID-19 data he’s seen is already trending downward.

He said we should know more about how this weather event will impact COVID-19 transmission once we receive more data.

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