Las Vegas Mayor (Bless Her Heart) Renews Calls To Open City, Citing “Desert Heat”

(Photo: Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman)

After her disastrous interview with Anderson Cooper this week, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said on Friday that her city will be able to reopen from coronavirus closures because of the area’s “desert heat” and “unique economy,” reports The Hill.

“Although, it has not been clearly determined as to the effect that extreme warmth will have on the virus, it is assumed that it will deter its ferocity,” Goodman wrote on Twitter. “Our hot summer coupled with our unique economy compel us to be at the forefront of America’s ‘reopening.'”

Her argument that heat will help stop the spread of coronavirus comes a day after officials at the White House coronavirus task force briefing presented the results of a study that showed the virus deteriorates more quickly when subjected to higher temperatures and humidity. However, the finding quickly drew skepticism from other experts on social media and cable television given outbreaks in a number of places with warm climates, such as Singapore and Brazil.

A study by French researchers earlier this month found that the virus was able to survive in 140-degree Fahrenheit temperatures typically used to disinfect research labs. A National Academies of Sciences panel also warned the White House in early April that summer weather was unlikely to significantly slow the spread of the virus, as was initially believed.