White House Coronavirus Response Task Force Coordinator Dr Deborah Birx warns the Northeast is experiencing “disturbing signs” of a “very different” style of coronavirus that is spreading as people temperatures are dropping in the area.
Birx said on Thursday that the cooler fall weather in the region has led to the coronavirus spreading more rapidly among families and social groups, than in schools and workplaces where people follow precautions.
“What we see in the community is much more prevalent in households and on social occasions, small gatherings where people have walked in, taken off their masks to eat or drink or socialize with each other,” said Birx Thursday at a roundtable. discussion at the University of Connecticut in Hartford, Connecticut.
White House Coronavirus Response Task Force Coordinator Dr Deborah Birx Warns Northeast Is Experiencing “Disturbing Signs” of a “Very Different” Style of Coronavirus Spread
It’s a similar type of spread pattern that was seen in the southern states during the summer, when people flocked to air-conditioned interior areas to escape the heat and humidity, he said. she said, according to ABC News.
She added that she had seen people rationalize that it was okay to take off their face masks or not follow social distancing rules because the people they were healthy with appeared to be healthy – but stressed that people can be infected and asymptomatic.
Birx noted that the further increase in coronavirus cases in Connecticut “really is a message” to the state that “the type of spread we are seeing right now is very different from the spread we experienced in March and April.”
She added that “what we did in the spring will not work in the fall”.
Beginning in March, many northeastern states quickly ordered residents to take shelter in their homes and shut down non-essential businesses, in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus as death tolls and rates go downhill. infection was skyrocketing.
It wasn’t until May that many of the same states began to slowly reopen in stages, while mandating the wearing of face masks, social distancing and other precautionary measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus.
Birx said that with the arrival of cooler weather, the coronavirus is spreading faster within families and social groups as they remove masks while eating and drinking indoors together (file)
The rise in cases of new coronavirus cases has led local and state officials to tighten coronavirus precautions. Student learns his New York school was temporarily closed on October 8 (pictured)
After a summer when it looked like the northeastern states had managed to control their rates of new infections, the numbers are on the rise again, raising fears of a second wave.
Part of the responsibility for the increase in new coronavirus cases can be attributed to the return of students to campuses, as well as the colder air leading people indoors after months of spending time in the campuses. parks and other outdoor places with friends.
University of Minnesota infectious disease expert Dr Michael Osterholm told The New York Times social distancing and masking precautions have been a major factor in slowing the spread of the coronavirus in northern states -is in the spring.
But, “The point is, once you release the brake, and then eventually slowly it comes back,” Osterholm said of COVID-19.
Connecticut is now one of several northeastern states – including Rhode Island, Maryland and Pennsylvania – where new clusters of coronaviruses are emerging.
For the first time since June, New York City is reporting more than 500 new cases of coronavirus per day, while Boston has had to stop in-person schooling for children due to a surge in cases.
New Jersey, meanwhile, has seen its infection rate nearly double – to nearly eight cases per 100,000 people – and has also reported an increase in hospitalizations.
To avoid a repeat of their disastrous sources, state and local authorities in the northeast have started to tighten restrictions on businesses and schools, as well as on the use of outdoor spaces.
Despite the new rise in coronavirus cases, Dr Birx said on Thursday that “It is early here and” we can continue in the North East to contain the virus “.
“Now is the time to really step up asymptomatic testing, increase awareness in communities, making sure every member of the community knows that if they are with people outside their household, it could be a COVID spreading event, ”Birx said Thursday, according to the Hartford Courant.
She also encouraged “physical distancing and mask work, even indoors.”
Birx has long advocated for wearing face masks, social distancing and hand washing.
Over the summer, she began encouraging people living in multigenerational households – where there may be people with pre-existing conditions that would make them more vulnerable to catching the coronavirus – to wear face masks at home. in the event of an epidemic in their communities.