Dr. Fauci Warns of Hotspots in the "Entire Country"
Over the last several months, since the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States, the virus has devastated various parts of the country at different times. Initially the northeast was hit the hardest. Then, in the late spring and early summer, surges shifted to the south, west, and midwest. Now, as we enter into the late fall and winter season, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warns that the entire country is in danger.
"We're seeing hotspots literally throughout the entire country," Dr. Fauci revealed during the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's annual forum on Friday. "We're now averaging on a weekly basis, about 70,000 cases a day, where more than 40 States are upticking with increases in cases, which will ultimately lead to increases in hospitalizations, and then ultimately with increases in deaths." Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
32 States are in the "Red Zone"
According to data released on Tuesday by the White House, 32 states are currently in "the red zone" — meaning they've recorded more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days.
Fauci clarified that we are not even in the second wave of the virus. "We never got out of the first wave," he confessed. "That's really the problem."
He then went on to briefly explain why the United States is in "such a precarious situation" today. "When we first got hit badly, it was dominated predominantly by what was going on in the New York metropolitan area, where in the spring about 40% of the cases as the hospitalizations and the deaths were there." Once they came back down, however, the country as a whole "never got down to a real low baseline" due to the spike in cases in our parts of the nation. "Other areas of the country began to get hot as it were in the standpoint of cases. So our baseline, unlike Europe — which when they got hit badly, they came down to a very low baseline — our baseline was about 20,000 new cases a day."
Then came the reopening of the economy, which Fauci believes wasn't handled efficiently.
"We have some guidelines that if followed strictly, I think the situation would have been a little bit different, but we were very disparate among different states and cities of how we did it," he pointed out. "As we tried to do that, we saw a resurgence of cases, predominantly dominated by southern states, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, and Southern California, that went up to about 70,000 cases a day."
While they eventually came down, leveling out at around 40,000 new cases a day, where they stock for "a month or two," now those numbers are surging upwards.
How to Avoid COVID-19
Follow the fundamentals to avoid COVID-19. "Please wear your mask when you go outside, keep that six foot distance, avoid those indoor gatherings, wash your hands," National Institute of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins advises. "All of those simple things are going to be necessary for months to come. And we should just roll up our collective sleeves of energy here and make sure that happens." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.