To prevent the outbreak from getting out of control, U.S. citizens need to focus on controlling the crowd, wearing masks, and better improving physical distance, said Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday in a podcast to the Wall Street Journal.
Climbing events, partially triggered by relaxed restrictions, have motivated many states to halt or withdraw plans to reopen economies after widespread stalls in the spring.
“All we have to do is tighten things that close bars, indoor restaurants … or make sure there is very good seating, make sure people wear masks, that they don’t gather in crowds, that they keep the distance “urged Fauci.
“If you do these simple public health measures, make sure that this curve goes down. It has happened in practically every country that has done this.”
Where states are
Many states are feeling the effects of the increase in coronavirus.
With 98 coronavirus-related deaths in one day, Texas set its record for the highest rate of deaths in a day on Wednesday. The state also reported the second highest number of new cases per day at 9,979.
Louisiana made great strides in fighting the virus in June, but the past three weeks have reversed all of this with high prevalence in the community, 3,231 deaths, and increased hospitalization, Governor Jon Bel Edwards said on Wednesday.
LaToya Cantrell, Mayor of New Orleans, announced on Wednesday that bars and restaurants will be limited to 25 guests, with bar seating and masking required.
Philadelphia is fighting the virus by recommending that people do not travel to or from “high incidence” states of corona virus and self-quarantine for 14 days.
The cases in California increase after early success
California, one of the first states to introduce restrictions to curb the spread of the virus and one of the slowest to stop it, is now facing a worsening situation.
In Los Angeles, coronavirus infection rates are rising and hospitalization rates have risen to levels not seen since April, health director Barbara Ferrer said in a press conference on Wednesday.
The city is currently at high risk and could deteriorate in the next week or two, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. If it reaches the next level of threat, Los Angeles would likely return to a safer home order, he said.
Cases are increasing particularly in people between the ages of 18 and 40, Garcetti said. That age range made up 30% of cases a few weeks ago, then 40% last week, and is now over 50%, he said.
In Southern California, the intensive care unit of a Ventura County hospital reached its full capacity after an influx of coronavirus patients, said Dr. John Fankhauser, CEO of Ventura County Medical Center, on Wednesday, adding that the intensive care unit at the facility is now full.
Back to school still in question
With increasing cases and hospital stays, an answer to the question of whether children go back to school in the fall becomes less clear.
The White House has also claimed that the CDC guidelines for reopening schools are too strict. But the public health expert, Dr. Ashish Jha, Pamela Brown said in The Lead on Wednesday that the guidelines are the minimum of what should be required.
“I think you should go further. Look, you can open schools anywhere you want,” said Jha, faculty director at the Harvard Global Health Institute.
It is still puzzling how the virus affects children. At first, experts believed that children were less likely to get the virus and were less affected.
However, a study published in a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children did not show the same symptoms of the coronavirus as adults and that tests aimed at coronavirus overlooked cases in children.
The guidelines of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend testing only patients with fever, cough, and shortness of breath who have traveled to high-risk countries and have come into close contact with someone with a confirmed case.
But the children who tested positive in the study were hospitalized with seemingly unrelated symptoms such as bacterial infections, appendicitis, and inflamed muscles. According to the researchers, it is unclear what role the coronavirus played in their disease.
CNN’s Jenn Selva, Pierre Meilhan, Kay Jones, Raja Razek, Sarah Moon, Lauren Mascarenhas and Shelby Lin Erdman all contributed to this report.