Florida, which became the country’s hotspot over the summer, is “ripe for another major epidemic,” an infectious disease expert told CNN.
“What they did is open everything up as if nothing ever happened and you and I could probably talk in eight or ten weeks, and I bet Florida will be a burning house,” Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, he told CNN Friday.
Dr Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, also warned on Friday about “first hints” of alarming trends in the northeast, urging residents to take action and help prevent spread before the virus takes off. new.
“The actions this time have to happen on a personal level, in our private homes, rather than just in public spaces,”
As of October 8, the moving average of new cases per one million people in the Northeast has increased by 91% since September 8, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And in the United States, 28 states – mostly spread across the Midwest and Northeast – are reporting more new cases than the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins.
Only two states – Maine and Nebraska – are reporting a decline.
Alarming trends across the country
There are worrying trends in the United States. At least 22 states reported more than 1,000 new cases on Thursday. And the daily average of cases in the country – now more than 46,000 – has increased 12% from the previous week.
“We are in crisis right now and we need to change our behavior immediately to save lives,” he told residents earlier this week.
CDC: Young adults can be the sparks in hotspots
Meanwhile, CDC researchers say young adults could be the sparks that have sparked new hot spots of the spread of Covid-19.
The researchers found that the percentage of positive Covid-19 test results begins to rise among people under the age of 25 about a month before a county is designated as a hotspot.
The rate of positivity in younger people was followed by increasing positivity among the older age groups, the researchers wrote.
Other experts have previously stated that this may be the case. Over the summer, Birx said parts of the country witnessed the spread of a “family”: young people were contracting the virus and unknowingly (as many often have mild or no symptoms) brought it home to their parents. , who then passed the virus to other family and community members.
With holidays like Thanksgiving on the horizon, Birx urged residents on Friday not to let their guard down and said it was important for college students returning home to remain diligent in taking health precautions and encouraging their communities to do the same.
Andrea Kane, Lauren Mascarenhas, and Amanda Watts of CNN contributed to this report.