Gottlieb says some states opened “too early”


Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday that some states in the United States had reopened businesses too soon, causing coronavirus cases to increase across the country. “I think they felt they came out of the woods after the first wave, but it was really a regional experience in the United States. What happened was that they reopened in a widespread context, they hadn’t really crushed the virus in those states, ”said Gottlieb on CBS’s” Face the Nation “.

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.”

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.


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