Coronavirus: US officials warn 'this is just the beginning'

Grant Boone
July 1, 2020

"Well, I think the numbers speak for themselves", Fauci said.

The head of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, sounded the alarm about rising trajectories in several jurisdictions, including COVID-19 hospitalisations rising in 12 states, and said it was "critical" that every American takes personal responsibility and "embraces the use of face coverings".

And while Dr. Fauci is a supporter of certain so-called "reopening" pushes, he noted that we are now experiencing the fallout from not doing so in a more responsible and "measured" way.

A top U.S. health expert warned Congress on Tuesday that new coronavirus cases could more than double to 100,000 per day if authorities and the public fail to take steps to suppress the COVID-19 pandemic. "We're in the middle of catastrophic outbreak, and we really do need to be guided by scientific principles".

For its part, Texas has begun scaling back the reopening of its economy.

Alarming spikes in new cases in southern hot spots Texas and Florida are driving the daily national total of new cases to over 40,000 per day, and they need to be tamped down quickly to avoid unsafe surges elsewhere in the country, Dr Fauci stressed. He warned community spread is more hard to contain than spread in single location like a prison or nursing home.

Some parts of the country are now seeing alarming spikes in COVID-19 cases as the chickens come home to roost from states' reopening efforts.

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We don't think it's the right message'. "The governors have a big responsibility here but every American has a responsibility". A CNN poll found that a third of Americans would not get the coronavirus vaccine when it was available, even for a low cost.

SC also has emerged as a hot spot, reporting a record single-day increase of 1,755 cases on Tuesday. Singapore's outbreak peaked in mid-April when 1,400 new cases were reported in one day.

"Frankly it scares me", he said. "There are a lot of worrisome factors about the last week or so".

Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said the federal government has "a lot of work to do" in encouraging Americans to get inoculated once there is a coronavirus vaccine available to the public.

As for the vaccine, Dr. Fauci revealed his goal of effectiveness, as well as urged community leaders to step up efforts to get the word out about vaccine safety.

"There is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country - an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking", he said, calling for more education to promote confidence in vaccines.

According to the CDC website, herd immunity is reached when "a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely".

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