Speaking at the country’s Energy and Trade Committee meeting, Redfield said the country will likely “spend about $ 7 trillion because of a minor virus.”
Redfield’s comments were made because half of the U.S. states saw sudden increases in new coronavirus cases – and this is not just due to increased tests.
As of Tuesday, 25 states recorded new cases higher than last week: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
US CDC ex-vice president Dr. Richard Besser said that no state has effectively switched from home orders to a “public health model such as testing, monitoring, isolating and quarantining”.
“We need to understand how to make this transition successfully, or every situation that reopens – even those who have done a really good job of tampering with it – will see dramatic increases,” Besser told CNN. Tuesday.
“And we’ll finally get back to where we were.”
If the U.S. does not take control of the coronavirus pandemic in autumn, you are “essentially chasing a wildfire.” Anthony Fauci said in Parliament Tuesday.
Fauci, director of the National Allergy and Infectious Diseases Institute, said that the goal is to take full control of the virus rather than just alleviate it.
Redfield said the virus emphasized its decades of investment in “the basic capabilities of public health data”. Now it’s time to fix the corrupt system.
“It must be a partnership. It is not the burden of the federal government to invest in public health at the local level,” Redfield said. Said. Indeed, “If CDC financing would disappear tomorrow, the public health infrastructure in this nation would collapse.”
“We are now forming his backbone.”
“The next few weeks will be critical in our ability to handle the surgeries we’ve seen in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and other states – they’re not the only ones having difficulty,” Fauci said. Said. .
In Fauci’s statement at Tuesday’s hearing, the country’s most infectious disease specialist appealed to all Americans:
“Plan A: Don’t enter the crowd. Plan B: If you do, be sure to wear a mask.”
Why does the timing of these fluctuations make sense?
Health experts say that sudden increases in new cases now coincide with states that have begun to reopen a few weeks ago – many people refuse or abandon security measures such as wearing masks and social withdrawal.
And while medics reported a jump in cases among young people, Redfield said on Tuesday that more than half of the country’s nursing homes – over 7,000 – had Covid-19 patients.
“We had 17 states with increasing cases two weeks ago,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Communicable Diseases Research and Policies at the University of Minnesota.
Now, this number has jumped to at least 25 states. “And we will move more states into this growing category of cases in a very short time,” Osterholm said on Tuesday. Said. “So, in a sense, we see what the reaction to open up in the virus and establishing more contact with each other.”
It may take up to two weeks for symptoms to appear after a new exposure to this virus. After that, people may not be tested right away. Then, serious cases may take longer to be hospitalized.
While health officials were waiting for new cases with the reopening of states, many did not expect new cases and hospitalizations to increase dramatically in some places.
According to data from the COVID Monitoring Project, Arizona set a new record this week for the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 this week. The province’s seven-day moving average hospitalization is also increasing.
“People are admitted to hospital beds and admitted to the intensive care unit faster than they are discharged,” said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Public Health Association. Said.
Since about 84% of the province’s intensive care beds are full, Humble said their hospitals will be “in crisis standards”, which basically means “less care for everyone, not just for Covid-19 people.”
California recorded more than 35% of total pandemic infections in the past two weeks alone. On Monday, the state registered 5,019 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to data provided by the California Department of Public Health. Hospitalizations are also the highest for Covid-19 patients.
Not just increasing testing
Some politicians attributed spikes in new cases to increased tests. But in many places, he says, the number of new Covid-19 cases is disproportionately higher than the number of new tests done.
“In many states, tests are increasing, but the percentage of positive ones is actually much higher,” Osterholm said. Said.
“This is not just a product of more tests,” he said.
Even with increasing tests, the country still “lags behind the virus,” a former US Health and Human Services secretary says.
“We’re still reacting. We’re not ahead of that.” Kathleen Sebelius said. Said.
‘Moving too fast in the wrong direction’
What happened in Arizona and in other states can delete most of the progress made in the weeks-long orders of staying at home.
“The number of new cases was stabilizing in early May, and the positive rate (in tests) was improving,” Humble said. Said.
“We got out of our home order in mid-May, and what we saw was an increase in cases corresponding to the end of the home order around May 26.”
After Houston reported the highest daily number of new Covid-19 cases, Turner urged residents to take security measures more seriously.
“This is a health crisis,” he said. “Obviously, for example, not wearing a mask … or not taking social distance directly affects someone else.”
Where states see constant or improve numbers
In 12 states, the number of new daily cases has remained generally stable in recent days: Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
And in 13 states, the number of new cases is usually decreasing: Alabama, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont.
Gov. “New York has gone from one of the highest rates in the country to one of the lowest rates,” said Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.
“In other states, we see what happens when you reopen without looking at metrics or data – this is bad and hasty reopening states for public health and economy now seeing a boomerang.”
Cuomo is considering forcing quarantine visitors from high-transmission countries to New York state.
CNN’s Gisela Crespo, Jenn Selva, Jen Christensen, Andrea Kane, Cheri Mossburg, Maggie Fox and Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.