- Infectious disease experts say several states have skipped steps in reopening the guidelines.
- Birx said that Florida, Texas and California “are basically three New Yorkers.”
- CDC supports the reopening of schools in new documents published online.
The country’s top infectious disease experts say some countries need to step back on their reopening and follow the guidelines more closely now to stop the surge in COVID-19 cases.
“You don’t have to go back to full shutdown, but you certainly have to call pauses and maybe even a little backup, “Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Friday in an interview with the Washington Post.
Fauci suggested that because they did not strictly follow the reopening guidelines, some countries experienced an increase in infections.
“The problem is that some states … basically jump over some of the checkpoints,” he said, without naming individual states. “… I think we can control the waves we see in the state.”
Previously on the NBC “Today” event, Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the White House coronavirus response, said the waves in Florida, Texas and California were repeated about the worst days of the pandemic when New York reached its peak.
“What we have now is basically three New Yorks with these three main countries,” Birx said.
“It’s hard for people to understand how deeply you have to press … we have to change our behavior now before the virus really moves back north,” he added.
Birx and Fauci again encouraged everyone to wear masks and practice maintaining social distance.
Their warning came when Florida reported 12,444 new cases confirmed on Friday, bringing the total number of infections in the state to more than 402,000. Overall, the US has more than 4.1 million confirmed infections and nearly 145,000 deaths, according to compiled data by Johns Hopkins University.
Worldwide, more than 15.6 million cases have been confirmed and nearly 635,000 have died.
United States of America:
Disease Control and Prevention Center really support the reopening of the school in the new guide published on its website. “The best available evidence shows that if children are infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms. The mortality rate among school-age children is much lower than among adults. Emotional and behavioral health, economic well-being and Children’s academic achievements, both in the short and long term, are well known and significant, “the agency said in its opening statement.
-In talks with reporters, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said the guidelines for reopening schools “were all issued with a view to helping facilitate, as mentioned before, reopening schools for face-to-face learning. They were not really used as an excuse to make schools close. But again, we are ready to work with each jurisdiction. “
– Every traveler to Massachusetts must be quarantined for 14 days unless they can give a negative COVID-19 test result, according to an executive order signed Friday by Governor Charlie Baker. The order, which took effect August 1, applies to residents of Massachusetts returning from out of state as well as other tourists, CNN.com reports.
– Nonprofit home care says personal protection equipment sent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot be used or is of low quality and includes loose gloves and mask made of cloth underwear, The New York Times reported. None of the shipments included the N95 respirator, the newspaper reported. FEMA said private contractors were responsible.
-McDonald customers announce entering one of the US restaurants required to wear a mask or other face cover from August 1st.
-Universal Studios announced that canceled Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Around the world:
-Starting August 1, the Costa Rican government will allow travelers from the European Union, Canada and the United Kingdom to the country. For now, however, visitors from the United States are prohibited. “At present, we assume that the right decision is to reopen with a limited route and this analysis will continue in the next few weeks, “Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura said, according to CNN.com.
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