Birx says COVID-19 outbreak is not under control because ‘people are on the move’


Deborah Birx said on Sunday that the COVID-19 outbreak is not under control in the United States because Americans “are on the move.” Asked why the United States has not been able to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Birx told CNN’s “State of the Union” that she learned from studying the epidemics that health officials needed a ‘right’ message ‘on the ground’.

The White House coronavirus task force coordinator said she had seen on recent trips to 14 states that Americans “were on the move.”

“All over America right now people are on the move,” she said. “And so all of our talk about social distancing and reducing gatherings to under 10 – traveling across the country, I’ve seen all of America move.The public health official also said people who have vacationed in “hot spots” should assume they are infected.

Birx added that the United States is in a “new phase” of the pandemic and called on all Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing and good personal hygiene.

“What we see today is different from March and April,” she says. “It is extremely widespread. It is in the rural as equal urban areas. And for anyone who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected against this virus. “

The United States has reached more than 4.6 million COVID-19 cases and more than 154,000 deaths during the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


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