As the U.S. hits another daily record in new COVID-19 cases — with 60,500 on July 9 alone — it seems the country is back to where it was at the peak of the pandemic in April.
The epicenters have shifted from New York and New Jersey to Florida, California, Texas and Arizona.
Another glaring difference, the clear divide between President Donald Trump and the country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Trump, who used to have Fauci by his side in all of the White House coronavirus task force press briefings has recently distanced himself — even calling out Fauci for his so-called mistakes.
During his July 4th speech, Trump insisted that people shouldn’t have to worry about most of the COVID-19 cases in the U.S.
“But now we have tested almost 40 million people. By so doing, we show cases, 99 percent of which are totally harmless.”
Fauci responded to that claim, in an exclusive interview with the Financial Times, saying he does not know where Trump got that number — which is not only wrong he said, but also dangerous.
For his part, Trump is still raring to fully reopen the country — despite rising coronavirus cases.
This week, he told schools to reopen by September, or risk losing federal funding.
While Fauci agreed that it is important to get kids back to school, he warned that it has to be done safely, depending on each county’s situation.
“There will be some counties where the infection is so low you won’t have to worry. You could open the schools with very little additional type precautions other than the usual public health. In the other situation. You might have counties or parts of the state in which there is enough viral activity that you might want to modify scheduling, things like masks at all times. Things like alternating morning, afternoon, decreasing the size and the space between desks.”
As many states are worried about their resurgence in COVID-19 cases, Fauci reiterated simple and effective solutions to stop the spread of the virus.
Fundamental things like masking, distancing, washing hands, closing bars. If we do that, I think it will be a giant step towards interfering with the spread in your community.
Fauci also weighed in on the world health organization’s further study of the virus’ airborne nature.
“We’ve learned painfully now that this is a highly, highly efficient transmitter from person to person by respiratory droplets, still some questions about aerosol, but likely some degree of aerosol.”
As of July 10, the death toll in the U.S. due to COVID-19 was nearing 134,000 with over 3.22 million cases.
Over the past seven days, the U.S. has seen an average of more than 52,000 new cases per day, up 20.3 % from just a week ago.