Las Vegas mayor says ‘desert heat’ will slow coronavirus, put city ‘at the forefront’ of openings

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman (I) recently said the city will be reopening soon after coronavirus closures because of the area’s “desert heat” and “unique economy.”

“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.'”

Goodman’s idea of reopening Las Vegas due to the pandemic’s blow to the tourism industry is similar to the arguments of other leaders opening their cities now.
Her relating heat with the coronavirus is based on the briefing from the White House coronavirus task force that showed the results of a study where the virus deteriorated faster when subjected to higher temperatures and humidity.