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This Is Where COVID Will Strike Next, Says Birx

Rural areas need to start taking the virus more seriously, she says.
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As a member of the Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House, has taken her message to the road on a multi-state tour, inducing a talk Sunday at the Minnesota Department of Health's headquarters in St. Paul. "Birx said the multi-stop trip allowed her to pop in on restaurants and service stations along the way," reports MPR News. "In remarks to reporters, she stressed the importance of wearing masks, avoiding large crowds and remaining vigilant." Read on to hear her warning, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

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Rural Areas Need to Step Up Mitigation Efforts

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"There is a real attention to these mitigation efforts in these urban areas, but there really does need to be improvement in many of the rural areas," Birx said. "Sometimes in rural communities, they've because of their experience in March and April, they see this virus as more of a New York City or a big city kind of phenomenon." It isn't.

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You Need to Be Careful at Home

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"I think we're doing much better job in public. In our public mitigations. We have to take those home to private and ensure we're also doing that in the household," Birx said. "We know we can't always be perfect. We know that we'll put this message out about private gatherings and something will happen and you'll realize you have been in a situation, you've been around people, you didn't have your mask on," Birx said. "That is the time to make sure you're protecting others in your household and around you by wearing a mask when you're around them, even if they're family."

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Young People Need to Protect Those More Vulnerable

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"There's 81 million Americans with comorbidities," Birx said, "and so in order to protect the 81 million with comorbidities, you need to protect the 330 million from spreading the virus to those 81 million."

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Don't Wait for a Vaccine

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"Right now, we gain freedom through wearing our masks and socially distancing," Birx said. "Do the right thing today. Because if we do the right thing today, we go into the fall with much fewer cases."

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How to Avoid Coronavirus

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Do what the scientists say, especially if you have an underlying condition (or conditions): Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make.

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