White House Coronavirus Task Force Calls for ‘Significant Behavior Change by All Americans’

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“There is an aggressive, rapid and expanding community across the country, reaching over 2,000 counties,” the set of reports, dated Nov. 22 and obtained by CNN said.

Reports compared mitigation strategies such as mask use, social distancing, and restaurant restrictions in place in some parts of the country to Europe, but warned that efforts in parts of the United States have no impact.

“In states where mitigation is aggressive, we are starting to see the impact of that mitigation despite the cold weather. We are also witnessing a stabilization in many European countries which have implemented strong public and private mitigation measures, but which have preserved schooling. However, in many areas of the country, mitigation efforts are insufficient or implemented too recently to have a significant impact, ”according to reports.

These mitigation strategies, the task force said, will require “significant behavior change from all Americans,” including the wearing of masks.

More aggressive testing efforts, the task force said, “must be combined with meaningful behavior change in all Americans. Ensure masks at all times in public, increase physical distance through a significant reduction in the capacity of public and private indoor spaces, and ensure that every American understands the obvious risks of ANY interaction of family or friends outside from their immediate home indoors without a mask. “The reports also offered this grim assessment: “All states and counties must flatten the curve to support the healthcare system for Covid and non-Covid emergencies. ”

North Dakota is again the state with the highest number of new cases per 100,000 population since at least mid-October, followed by Wyoming, then South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, from Montana, Wisconsin, Utah and New Mexico in the top 10.

In states with increasing cases, such as Delaware, the task force recommended certain interventions, including “restricting indoor dining and limiting or closing areas of the congregation without masking.” But, according to reports, these measures “have had limited success in preventing spread at private gatherings,” calling for a reinforced message on social gatherings, including avoiding large groups and the use of masks.

Days before Thanksgiving, the task force sent out this message: “We need to protect those for whom we are thankful in our families and communities. Ensure indoor masking of vulnerable family members during any gathering. ”

The report for Pennsylvania expressed concerns about hospital shortages.

“The continued increase in transmission remains of concern, especially given the shortages of local hospitals and further increases expected over the next vacation. The recent restrictions are justified and laudable, ”the Pennsylvania report said.

The task force praised Iowa this week after Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds instituted a hiding policy.

“Ensure that all universities that return in the winter pass mandatory weekly tests for all students on and off campus. Planning must start now, ”according to reports.

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