Social distancing needs to be more stringent

South Lake Union
Amazon’s banana stand in Seattle’s South Lake Union district was an early victim of social distancing policies enacted to counter the coronavirus outbreak. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Although many states are starting to relax restrictions on business activity and contacts, Seattle-area epidemiologists say such restrictions will need to be tightened up to reduce the spread of coronavirus much further.

The only alternative to clamping down harder would be to create a robust system of testing and contact tracing, experts at the Bellevue, Wash.-based Institute for Disease Modeling say in their latest report.

Their conclusions are based on an updated analysis of viral transmission patterns in Seattle and the rest of King County. The numbers suggest that the extent of the pandemic in the county is declining very slowly, if at all.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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