Face masks cause plateau of coronavirus cases but say ‘not out of the woods’: HHS secretary

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Cases are “peaking” instead of increasing in hot areas of the coronavirus in states such as California and Texas, likely because residents wear face masks and social distancing, the Health Secretary said on Monday. in Social Services, Alex Azar.

“While Dr. [Deborah] Birx says we’re seeing signs of a cap, we’re not out of the woods yet, “Azar told” Fox & Friends. “” We think it’s because people are actually wearing their masks… They’re social distancing. “

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“The governors have closed some of these bars where you just can’t stay socially aloof, and you’re not going to wear a face mask,” Azar said.

The next few months will be crucial as the United States has “some really incredible hits on therapies … as well as vaccines,” Azar said.

In this file photo from March 16, 2020, a subject receives a photo during the first stage clinical trial of Moderna’s potential vaccine safety study for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, file)

On Monday afternoon, the Secretary and President Trump will visit Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, which is making components for a potential coronavirus vaccine, in Morrisville, North Carolina.

“The president and I are going to the Research Triangle in North Carolina today, where he is going to see one of the five vaccines we have invested in,” Azar said.

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Also on Monday, Massachusetts biotech company Moderna announced that it has started its Phase 3 trial of a coronavirus vaccine. Moderna is working with the NIH on the vaccine, and the effort is part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed.

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