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. “
Dr Deborah Birx says: “we are in a new phase” of the coronavirus pandemic adding: “This epidemic is currently different and it is … more widespread and it is both rural and urban” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com / w09X9GrhL0
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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.