Vegas Mayor Draws On Trump, Cites 'Extreme Warmth' As COVID-19 Protection For City

Carolyn Goodman said it is "assumed" that heat will "deter [the] ferocity" of the coronavirus, even as scientists point to outbreaks in other warm locations.

Controversial Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on Friday cited the city’s “extreme warmth” as a powerful protection against the coronavirus as businesses reopen.

Goodman was apparently relying on a perspective championed by President Donald Trump at a controversial press briefing Thursday in which he suggested sunlight, heat, humidity and even “injections” of disinfectants could possibly impact the battle against the coronavirus.

But scientists have pointed out that COVID-19 has thrived in the warm climates of Singapore — and Georgia and Florida. And even if a higher temperature might slow the growth of the virus, that doesn’t mean it would halt an outbreak.

Although the effect of “extreme warmth” on the virus “has not been clearly determined ... it is assumed that it shall deter its ferocity,” Goodman said in a statement. “We certainly are looking forward to having our desert heat provide that required substantiation. Our hot summer coupled with our unique economy compel us to be at the forefront of America’s ‘reopening.’” The mayor is eager for the city’s hotels and casinos to get back to business, but will let the operations decide when to do so.

Goodman had a wild interview Wednesday with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in which she seemed to dismiss the threat of COVID-19. “I’d love everything open because I think we’ve had viruses for years that have been here,” she told Cooper.

She said she also offered up Las Vegas as a “control group” to track what happens as the city opens for business.

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