The disease expert told former mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg that ‘there are several states that are at risk for surging’
American physician, immunologist, and infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has been cautioning the public about the greater effects of COVID-19–most recently warning that if Americans are “careless” then infection numbers will increase this fall.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a conversation with former mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg, “there are several states that are at risk for surging.”
He especially emphasized North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois because these states have seen upticks in COVID-19 cases. Fauci insisted residents take additional measures as they go about to limit the spread of the virus during the holiday weekend
The number of Americans contracting coronavirus continues to increase daily. Statistics show the number of people contracting the virus has slowed down significantly in certain areas, but according to Fauci, coronavirus cases could spike if effective precautions are not taken.
“Those states are starting to see an increase in the percent positive of their testing; that is generally predictive that there’s going to be a problem,” Fauci SAID in an interview.
At the beginning of the summer, some states saw an increase in the spread of the virus. Reports showed 10,420 new cases per day in July, as primary school students across the nation begin in-person socially-distanced teaching. The American death toll has reached around 1,000 people per day, the Washington Post reported.
“If we’re careless about it, then we could wind up with a surge following Labor Day. It really depends on how we behave as a country,” Fauci continued.
Vice President Mike Pence and Fauci have cautioned governors to enforce COVID-19 precautions for fear of spikes in cases similar to earlier summer holidays. In total, there have been 6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and over 185,000 people have died.
According to Forbes, America’s Midwestern region has become a high-risk zone for the spread of the virus.
The two most highly recommended measures to avoid spreading coronavirus are to wear a mask and social distance. To America’s betterment — these precautions also help to curb the spread of the common flu.
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