A member of the White House coronavirus response task force and one of the nation’s leading doctors warned a “very different” coronavirus spread was underway across the US than the one the country faced during the initial months of the global pandemic.
The United States was experiencing a “very different” spread of the novel coronavirus in recent months than the wave of infections that swept over the country during the initial months of the global pandemic, a member of the White House coronavirus response task force has warned.
Dr Deborah Birx, one of the nation’s leading physicians, said Covid-19 was now spreading among Americans at social events — including family gatherings — where people are “taking their mask off and letting down their guard”.
Whereas the virus initially infected people in confined work spaces, on public transit and at large events, Dr Birx said many states have now adopted CDC guidelines and other measures to curb infections.
“The spread of the virus now is not occurring so much in the workplace as people have taken precautions,” she said. “It’s happening in homes and social occasions and people gathering and taking their mask off and letting down their guard and not physically distancing.”
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The doctor spoke as she was visiting the University of Connecticut, where she met with the state’s Democratic Governor Ned Lamont and discussed the school’s initiatives surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, according to the