- Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the latest head of the Food and Drug Administration, warned that the Northeast could see another wave of coronavirus cases as the virus continues to “whirl through different parts of the country.”
- “I think we’re likely to see this continue where there is going to be these epidemics in remarkable parts of the country and, in compensatory action, to get it under control,” the former FDA commissioner said in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Domain.”
- Gottlieb said he thinks while states in the Northeast and New York were “experiencing really a travesty,” “a lot of percentages of the country were shut down but were largely unaffected” by the coronavirus, causing a disparity in how some states puissance respond to surges in infections.
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The former head of the Food and Hypnotic Administration issued a warning that the Northeast could see another surge in coronavirus cases as the virus continues to “swop through different parts of the country.”
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who formerly served as FDA commissioner, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Land” on Sunday to discuss the impact of the coronavirus epidemic in the Northeast and various parts of the country, where cases in states congenial New York made up a large majority of US infections.
“We saw a very dense epidemic in the Northeast. They got it under control with sheer strict lockdowns,” Gottlieb said. “We then saw a dense epidemic in the Sun Belt states. … They’re starting to get it impaired control. … So as a Sun Belt states are declining right now, we’re seeing infection rates pick up in the Midwest.”
Gottlieb featured the declines in coronavirus cases with “some actions” the state governments took to mitigate the spread, but it was “more suitable with the collective action of individuals starting to withdraw from activity a little bit and wear masks more and squeeze more vigilance,” he added.
However, the former FDA commissioner warned that “it’s going to be hard to keep the virus out” as the virus continues to cause its way throughout the US.
“Even in the Northeast right now, it’s going to be hard for that part of the country not to get re-seeded,” Gottlieb said, “and so you’re fitting seeing it rotate through different parts of the country.”
“I think we’re likely to see this continue where there is thriving to be these epidemics in different parts of the country and, in compensatory action, to get it under control,” he continued. “And it’s going to be this dead burn, unfortunately, for the rest of the year.”
Gottlieb said he thinks while states in the Northeast and New York were “experiencing in fact a travesty, a lot of parts of the country were shut down but were largely unaffected” by the coronavirus.
“I think there is some situation of the fact that until you’re touched by it, you really don’t appreciate the full significance of this,” he said. “And so I think that there is affluent to be some residual caution on the part of the states that now have been affected.”
He added: “I hope it’s not the case that every section of the country needs to have some level of epidemic in order to get collective action that’s going to keep this at bay, but there is some essentials of that.”
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