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Predicting COVID-19 In Oklahoma: OSU Researchers Say It's Not So Easy

Posted at 10:44 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 23:44:57-04

Predicting what COVID-19 will look like in our state months from now is not so easy, according to a group of researchers at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Jared Taylor is a part of a small team at OSU creating models that could determine the impact the disease will have on the state.

The team focuses on the number of cases to expect the peak of the virus and the demands it could have on healthcare systems.

However, Dr. Taylor says those predictions change daily.

"People are the wild card, absolutely. People are the thing we can't predict," Dr. Taylor said. "And what we know is that people's behavior is going to be the driver of what happens from here on out."

Researchers say it's important the public does what is asked of them when it comes to restrictions. It's the only way to flatten the curve.

The team's models are then sent to the governor's office to help health leaders determine plans of action as the virus continues to spread.

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