US Coronavirus: Country’s “state of division” harms Covid-19 response, says Fauci


“We are in such a state of division in society that it tends to become politicized,” the country’s leading infectious disease specialist said Monday evening in “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”.

“It’s almost one side against the other,” Fauci said.

The United States has now entered the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and several security measures remain areas of contention – including face masks. While many people across the country have adopted expert recommendations to wear masks to protect against the spread of the virus, others have protested against their use.

“People take sides, like wearing a mask or not is a political statement and it’s really unfortunate, totally unfortunate because it’s a public health issue. It shouldn’t be against each other, ”Fauci said.

But even Americans who wish to take expert advice on Covid-19 encountered a confusing message this week. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidelines to indicate that Covid-19 can be spread through the air, but days later they abruptly reverted to guidelines released months ago – claiming that the virus is believed to be spread mainly between people in close contact with respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. ”

Several studies have shown that the virus can spread through small particles in the air.

“It’s extremely confusing,” Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst and emergency physician at George Washington University, told CNN. “And this type of whiplash – especially without a direct explanation from the CDC – is confusing and unfortunately leads to a lack of trust throughout the CDC. ”

This confusion comes at a time when Covid-19 trends in many states are heading in the wrong direction and as the United States approaches the 200,000 lives lost to the virus.

How confusion could contribute to the peak

With the onset of fall, the United States is heading towards what CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield has predicted to be one of the “toughest times” in American public health. An expert told CNN this week that the next few months could see an “apocalyptic fall.”

” His because we are forcing schools to reopen in areas of high transmission, “said Dr Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.” We are forcing colleges to reopen, and we are not. let’s not. to have the leadership nationally, telling people to wear masks and to take social distance and do whatever we need to do.

The United States could see another wave of cases and that increase could add to flu season, which health officials say could complicate matters – considerably. At least 24 states are now reporting an increase in the number of new cases from the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – many across America’s heartland and the Midwest.

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Dr Jeanne Marrazzo, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says several factors could be contributing to the increase in numbers – including public fatigue in the face of pandemic-like conditions.

“And then the second thing is… the completely contradictory messages we get – not just the misinformation, but also the confusion over how things get spread. ”

So far, more than 6.8 million Americans have been infected since the start of the pandemic and at least 199,817 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

More than 4,000 students and school staff infected in Texas

An increase in the number of cases is also coming after many students across the country return to class, both in schools and colleges.

Colleges and universities in all 50 states have reported infections – prompting local leaders to put new measures in place in hopes of controlling the spread of the virus on college campuses and in university towns.

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Infections have also increased among younger students – and those around them.

In Texas, there have been more than 4,500 positive cases of Covid-19 among students and staff at state public schools since the start of the new school year, according to data from the Texas Education Agency.

Over 2,300 of these cases are students.

In Florida, the number of children under 18 who have contracted the virus has jumped 26% since many public schools in the state opened.

Experts are still studying the role children play in transmitting the virus, but several studies have shown that they can spread it too often, as much as adults.

And a recently released report by the CDC suggests that Not only can children spread the virus, they can spread it even when they have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman, Holly Yan, Madeline Holcombe and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.


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