Top Nashville DR doesn't think city will be next for a 'serious outbreak'


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —A top Nashville doctor said Wednesday he doesn't think Nashville will be the next city for a "serious" COVID-19 outbreak, despite the New York Times listing Music City as possibly being a vulnerable area for the next cluster of cases.

Dr. Alex Jahangir said he was puzzled by the article and thinks the Times may be looking at a smaller scope and not bigger trends.

“It took me by surprise, we’ve been tracking doubling time for a while," Dr. Janahangir said.

New York Times cited a study that says Nashville is doubling its COVID-19 cases every 10 days, however; Dr. Jahangir said the city has been at a 16-day double rate for a "long time."

"Our doubling time based on four separate sources that I trust, has been about 16 for a long time," Dr. Jahangir said.

Dr. Jahangir said the New York Times might be looking at different data and focusing on a small scope, instead of bigger trends.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve done as city – hospitalizations and death rates have been lower. We’ve really flatted the curve," Dr. Jahangir said.

In closing, Dr. Jahangir said he'd like to learn more, but he "really doesn't believe that story."

He also stated that Nashville could be releasing information regarding double time as early as Thursday.

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