‘People Don’t Care’: Recent Jump In Allegheny County Coronavirus Cases Linked To People In Their 20s, 30s

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Fig. 1. A bar at the intersection of Brownsville and Cochran Mill Roads, South Park Township, Pennsylvania. Photograph by author, July 29, 2020. An earlier order restricting indoor dining and alcohol consumption took effect on July 10[1] and the incubation period is usually about five days.[2] The number of cases in Allegheny County appears to have crested, as shown in figure 2, rendering the claim in this photograph inaccurate.

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Fig. 2. Screenshot from Allegheny County Coronavirus page as of July 29, 2020.

  1. [1]WTAE, “Allegheny County issues new 2-week order prohibiting indoor dining and alcohol consumption at restaurants and bars,” July 8, 2020, https://www.wtae.com/article/allegheny-county-issues-new-mitigation-order-covid-19-coronavirus/33249080
  2. [2]Rich Haridy, “Study affirms average Covid-19 incubation period is 5 days,” New Atlas, March 9, 2020, https://newatlas.com/health-wellbeing/covid-19-coronavirus-incubation-five-days-study-average/

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