Local doctor believes state isn’t prepared to predict or tackle COVID-19 peak

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – While the expected peak of COVID-19 in West Virginia is in just a few days, some think there’s not enough data yet to make any predictions on how bad the virus will get.

Dr. Hassan Jafary, a doctor of internal medicine at Stanaford Medical Clinic, says that there isn’t nearly enough data to draw any conclusions.

As well, he says the state still has not tested enough people to have an accurate prediction of just how many people have the virus or will get it in the future.

He claims that without more tests, predictions aren’t going to be accurate and the state won’t be prepared. 

“We are not transparent in how many tests we have done. We have 2 million people roughly in West Virginia. We have done only 50,000, 60,000, 100,000? We should have been ready two months ago. Now you are in the middle of the eye of the storm,” Jafary said.

It’s expected that after the peak new infections will begin to slow. But again the peak is just a prediction and could vary.

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