Just as the US reported its highest number of daily Covid-19 infections in nearly two months, several experts offered grim outlooks if Americans don’t take the right precautions.
Florida, which over the summer became the country’s coronavirus hotspot, is “ripe for another large outbreak,” an infectious disease expert told CNN.
Late last month, the state cleared the way for bars and restaurants to fully reopen — and this week reported more than 6,000 cases over a two day-period.
“What they’ve done is opened up everything as if nothing had ever happened there and you and I could be talking probably in eight to 10 weeks, and I will likely bet that Florida will be a house on fire,” Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN Friday.
White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx also cautioned Friday of “early suggestions” of alarming trends in the Northeast, urging residents to take action and help prevent the spread before the virus takes off again.
“The actions this time have to happen at the personal level, in our private homes, rather than just the public spaces,” she said.
Source : CNN