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Your Illinois News Radar CDC official: This is really the beginning – The Capitol Fax Blog

Posted: June 30, 2020 at 4:49 pm

* The most depressing thing Ive read in days

The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to bring it under control, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.

The U.S. has set records for daily new infections in recent days as outbreaks surge mostly across the South and West. The recent spike in new cases has outpaced daily infections in April when the virus rocked Washington state and the northeast, and when public officials thought the outbreak was hitting its peak in the U.S.

Were not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control, she said in an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Associations Dr. Howard Bauchner. We have way too much virus across the country for that right now, so its very discouraging. []

This is really the beginning, Schuchat said of the U.S.s recent surge in new cases. I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, hey its summer. Everythings going to be fine. Were over this and we are not even beginning to be over this. There are a lot of worrisome factors about the last week or so. []

What we have in the United States, its hard to describe because its so many different outbreaks, Schuchat said. There was a wave of incredible acceleration, intense interventions and control measures that have brought things down to a much lower level of circulation in the New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey area. But in much of the rest of the country, theres still a lot of virus. And in lots of places, theres more virus circulating than there was.

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