Superspreaders, clusters and dead ends: Research reveals more about how coronavirus spreads

Posted at 9:32 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 11:32:51-05

Research from Arizona and beyond suggests the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can spread erratically, making some infected people “superspreaders” and others dead ends for transmission.

This can create clusters or “microhotspots” – neighborhoods, schools, towns or other small geographic areas where the virus runs rampant – even while communities next door remain relatively unscathed.

These concentrated outbreaks aren’t included in the Arizona Department of Health Service’s Covid-19 data dashboard, which breaks down cases by county.

Dr. Peter Plantes, an internal medicine specialist, works with hc1, a health care data analysis company that recently launched a Covid-19 dashboard explaining the dynamics of the pandemic in new detail.

Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.