The new coronavirus is spreading too widely and quickly to contain, CDC’s deputy chief director Anne Schuchat said The Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday, warning that it expects “this virus to continue circulating.”
Because matter: For Schuchat, “This is really the beginning, and what we hope for is that we can take it seriously and slow down the transmission.” His comments run counter to those of senior Trump administration members – notably Vice President Mike Pence, who said on Friday “we have made some really remarkable progress.”
- COVID-19 cases are spreading across the United States, prompting Texas and New Jersey to pause plans to reopen their economies in recent days.
What else is he saying, “Right now we have too many viruses across the country for this, so it’s very discouraging, “said Schuchat in the Howard Bauchner of the Journal.
- He said “there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country” that the pandemic would end by the summer. “We’re not even starting to get over this. There are many worrying factors about the last week or so.”
“We are not in the situation in New Zealand, Singapore or Korea, where a new case is quickly identified and all contacts are traced and isolated, sick people, exposed people are placed in quarantine and they can keep things under control. “
What they are saying: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a briefing Monday, “We are aware that there are embers that need to be put out, but these signs of decreased mortality, increased and enhanced therapies that we have identified – four of them: dexamethasone, convalescent plasma and remdesivir and another – which work – Remdesivir, in particular, reduces hospital stay time by one third.
- “So these things make us extraordinarily equipped to handle the growing cases we’ve seen.”
Go deeper: Pence disputes that the wave of viruses was caused by the too rapid reopening of states