The extent of the spread of coronavirus across the US is discouraging and it could be difficult to control, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.
“What we hope is we can take it seriously and slow the transmission in these places,” Schuchat said at a JAMA Live event. “But what I think is very discouraging is we’re clearly not at a point where there’s so little virus being spread that it’s going to be easy to snuff out.”
While the spread of the virus cannot necessarily be stopped, it can be modified by personal behavior, Schuchat said. She said people need to continue to wear face coverings, practice good hand hygiene and socially distance to try to help slow and control the spread.
“I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, hey, summer, everything’s going to be fine, we’re over this. And we are not even beginning to be over this,” she said.
“We just need to expect this virus to continue to circulate, but in terms of the weather or the season helping us, I don’t think we can count on that,” Schuchat added.