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How to cope with Seattle’s COVID-19 outbreak

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Snowpocalypse! A skier makes his way up a street in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood after a winter storm in February 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Fresh projections suggest that 1,100 people in Washington state have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and that the outbreak could be due for a rapid rise. What to do about it? One piece of advice is to distance yourself from others — and data gathered during last year’s “Snowpocalypse” provides evidence that the strategy works.

The potential risk, and the potential remedy, came into the spotlight today thanks to comments made by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee as well as by researchers who are using the Seattle Flu Study to track the spread of coronavirus.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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