Young people are more likely to have milder coronavirus results, but they can still infect others who are at higher risk.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, told Axios that the recent high number of cases in youth “is not surprising.” Like Frieden, he warned of what’s to come.
“First they get infected, then they go home and then they infect the elderly. The elderly have complications and then they go to the hospitals,” Fauci said. “The death rate always lags several weeks behind the infection rate.”
The focus on young coronavirus positive patients comes when nearly half of states report an increase in new positive cases and some continue to break records in their daily reported cases. On Monday, Florida topped 100,000 total coronavirus cases, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health.
In California, more than 35% of confirmed cases have been recorded in the past two weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom said at a press conference on Monday.
The increases highlight the United States’ systemic failure to control the pandemic, a stark contrast to its trajectory in Europe and Asia. There, coronavirus cases rose sharply in early 2020, were met with fierce efforts to stop their spread, and have since declined rapidly.
“I don’t think we have the luxury of talking about a second wave right now because we are not out of the first wave,” said CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “And it is not clear that we will come out of the first wave. Instead of having an actual ebb and flow, it may be micro and macro spikes for the foreseeable future.”
The pandemic shows no signs of weakening in the United States, said Michael Osterholm, head of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.
“I think this is more like a forest fire. I don’t think this is going to diminish,” Osterholm told NBC’s Chuck Todd during an appearance on “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
“I think wherever there is wood to burn, this fire is going to burn, and right now we have a lot of susceptible people,” Osterholm said. “Right now, I don’t see this slowing down during the summer or fall. I don’t think we’ll see one, two, and three waves. I think we’re going to see a very, very difficult case fire.”
Masks and social distancing.
In all EE. In the US, experts highlight the need for social distancing and facial coverage. But parts of the country remain divided over the use of face masks in public, and more officials have had to consider making face covers in public a requirement.
“Masking has become controversial. It shouldn’t be,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner for the US Food and Drug Administration, on CBS’s “Face the Nation” show Sunday. “It is a simple intervention. It is a collective action that we can all take to help protect our fellow citizens and also protect ourselves and try to reopen the economy safely.”
Miami made wearing a mask mandatory in public, even outdoors. The order will take effect immediately, Mayor Francis Suárez said at a press conference on Monday.
As those discussions take place, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA They say it will soon make an updated recommendation on the public health benefits of the masks, a senior agency official told CNN.
So far, the CDC has conducted a scientific review on the subject, and a senior official with knowledge of the review says researchers are studying whether the masks are not only “good for source control, and for prevent you from giving it to others. ” We are also seeing if the masks will protect you from being caught (Covid-19). “
Dr. Zeke Emanuel, who was a health care adviser to President Barack Obama and current adviser to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, said the initial resistance to the widespread use of masks was wrong.
“Closing deals – it’s clear what the cost is. Wearing a mask – is costless. And I think we were wrong,” he said.
Groups of youth testing positive for coronavirus
Across the south, some officials are alarming more young people who test positive for the virus.
In Texas, the governor said last week people under the age of 30 accounted for the majority of new coronavirus cases in multiple counties. He said the increase in infected youth could be related to Memorial Day parties, bar visits or other gatherings.
And in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis said Saturday’s cases are “shifting in a radical direction” toward populations in their 20s and 30s. Those younger groups, he said, are mostly asymptomatic and don’t require clinical attention.
Experts have alarmed Florida escalation cases, saying the state could become the next epicenter of the US coronavirus. USA The number of coronavirus cases reached a milestone Monday when the state reported 100,217 cases, according to data published by the Florida Department of Health.
On Saturday, Florida reported 4,049 new cases, the most reported in a single day.
Better states and worse states
There are 23 states that see an increase in new cases reported compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, led by California, Texas, Florida and Arizona.
In California, the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus is the highest since the start of the pandemic, and last week there were three highs of new cases in a single day, according to the state health department.
“When the governor started reopening, I wish it had been slowed down so that we could see the numbers in each of the phases before moving on to the next phase,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Sunday night .
Arizona, where President Trump plans to travel on Tuesday, continues to see his new case numbers increase. The state averaged about 2,412 new cases reported per day during the week ending June 21, an increase of about 94% from the previous seven-day period, according to data analysis by CNN from Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, 17 states report a decrease in new cases. They are Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont.
In New York City, once it was the epicenter of the crisis, the second phase of reopening began on Monday. The reopening of phase two means that al fresco dining, hair and beauty salons, playgrounds, offices and sidewalk retail stores can welcome customers.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he plans to dine outside at a restaurant on Monday night.
“The world of New York restaurants is very, very personally important to me,” he said. “I am very excited that this day has come.”
With cases so low in the state but increasing elsewhere, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York might consider forcing visitors from high-transmission states to quarantine upon arrival.
CNN’s Jacqueline Howard, Sheena Jones, Mitchell McCluskey, Jon Passantino, Evan Simko-Bednarski, Zachary St. Louis and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.