Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the White House advisers for the coronavirus pandemic, warned this Sunday that the wave of new cases of COVID-19 “will be the worst event this country will face.”
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In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, Birx lamented that in their encounters with communities there are those who repeat “like parrots that masks don’t work.”
“I think our job is to constantly say that they are myths,” added the expert, criticizing that there are also those who defend herd immunity or those who deny that large meetings can result in an event of high transmission of the virus.
The United States faces the challenge of curbing the spike in COVID-19 infections, which as of this Sunday exceed 14.7 million, according to the independent count by NBC News and while waiting for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, in English) ) approve the virus vaccine.
The official indicated that it is important for everyone to understand that “the way this virus spreads is that if you are with someone inside without masks, that is an opportunity for viral spread.”
In the same sense, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, expressed the Government’s concern about the spread of COVID-19 and the increase in cases associated with the meetings for Thanksgiving and the holidays that they are comming.
The study estimates that there were 53 million infections as of September.
“We are concerned about the people and behavior that is coming up at Christmas,” the official told ABC News, noting that they want to make sure “everyone’s loved ones are there next Christmas.”
The country has entered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English), “in a phase of high transmission” with the drop in temperatures; while experts have warned that the impact of the trips and meetings for the celebration of Thanksgiving is not yet known.