He said the states opened “too early” according to him.
“And people have become complacent, especially the younger ones,” he added. “They were going out without taking precautions.”
WATCH: @ScottGottliebMD tells @margbrennan that some states have reopened “too soon in my opinion” as people have become “complacent” about #COVID safety practices after #firstwave
“Especially young people, they went out without taking precautions,” he explains. pic.twitter.com/9oWA7hOip8
– Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) 12 juillet 2020
Despite the precautions to protect the most vulnerable populations and nursing homes, Gottlieb said that the inevitability of the virus has spread to these communities since young people became infected. Younger people are less likely to have the most extreme symptoms of the virus, but can spread the infection even if they are asymptomatic.
Coronavirus is still spreading rapidly in the United States, with the average number of coronavirus cases per day increasing in the past two weeks in 43 states.
There have been more than 3.2 million cases of coronavirus reported in the United States and 134,898 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.