Over the winter, the northeast was ravaged by COVID-19, with New York City serving as the national epicenter. However, due diligence on the party of state and local governments, states like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania managed to slow the spread of the virus and flatten their curves by early summer. However, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, there are “troubling signs” in the Northeast leading her to believe that a surge of cases is imminent.
“It’s early here,” Birx said at a press conference Thursday, after participating in a roundtable discussion at the University of Connecticut’s campus in Hartford. “We can continue in the Northeast to contain the virus.” Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
The Virus is Picking up Steam
According to Dr. Birx, as the temperature continues to drop, the virus is picking up steam. Interestingly enough, COVID is spreading more rapidly within families and social groups than in schools or workplaces, due to the fact that people are taking more precautions and following the fundamentals in those situations.
“The spread of the virus now is not occurring so much in the workplace as people have taken precautions. 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,” said Birx.
“This is really a message to everyone in Connecticut: the kind of spread that we’re seeing now is very different from the spread we experienced in March and April,” Birx continued.
“What we did in the spring is not going to work in the fall.”
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Follow the Fundamentals to Stay Safe
Birx does offer advice to keep a resurgence from occurring: follow the fundamentals!
“This is the moment to really increase asymptomatic testing, increase outreach to the communities, making sure that every community member knows that if they’re with individuals outside of their household, it could be a COVID-spreading event,” Birx said. “Physically distancing and masks work, even indoors”—and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.