'No one should be shocked' by alarming rise in U.S. coronavirus cases, Obama-era health official says
The rise in coronavirus cases in some parts of the United States surprised many, but not a former health advisor to the Obama administration.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, who acted as special advisor on health policy to the director of the White House Administration and Budget Office during the Obama administration, criticized the leadership of many of these states for hurrying to reopen their economies without the guidelines for the public Consider health.
"These places have never really run down, never had declining cases and hospitalizations for 14 days - justification in the President's own criteria for reopening the economy, and the President suggested that the economy reopening should be gradual," said Emanuel on The Ticker from Yahoo Finance (video above): "You don't do everything at once. You do it step by step. ... Absolutely no surprise that you get the climb and nobody should be shocked. "
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There are over 2 million coronavirus cases in the United States (graphic: David Foster / Yahoo Finance)
"Look at New York, look at Pennsylvania"
Countries that remained intact at the start of the coronavirus pandemic are now seeing significant increases in COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths.
On Monday, Texas reported record highs in COVID hospitalizations, the fourth consecutive day with a new high. There are currently over 2,000 coronavirus patients in the state, with the increase likely due to Memorial Day weekend activities.
Florida, another state that reopened early, has similar problems. On Tuesday morning, the state reported 2,783 coronavirus cases, the highest number in a single day, according to the Florida Department of Health. There are now more than 80,000 cases and more than 3,000 deaths in Florida.
Coronavirus cases are increasing in Florida. (Graphic: Florida Department of Health)
"If you actually look at the states, you can clearly see that if they reopen almost daily four weeks later, you will see the start of this exponential increase in the number of cases," said Emanuel Currently Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chairman of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. "And that will increase the number of hospital stays and deaths a few weeks later."
Other states in the northeast held back at the beginning of their gradual reopening until they were satisfied that all requirements had been met.
"Look at New York, look at Pennsylvania, look at Illinois, and if you slow down in the right way, you can actually keep those numbers low," said Emanuel. "The problem is doing it the right way, at the right time, and Florida, Texas, and Arizona haven't."
Cases have declined in New York, but increased in other parts of the United States (graphic: David Foster / Yahoo Finance).
Block: Temporary solutions
The United States has the highest number of deaths and deaths worldwide, far ahead of countries like China, where the virus originated, and Italy, the European epicenter of the virus.
And although the number of cases continues to increase, President Trump and Vice President Pence have attributed this to increased testing - though experts say this is not correct.
There are over 8 million coronavirus cases worldwide. (Graphic: David Foster / Yahoo Finance)
"I think the president, the government, now wants to pretend that COVID doesn't exist and minimize its impact," said Emanuel. “But we do have 115,000 deaths, and before the end of the year we're almost certain to have 250,000 deaths or more. This is a huge increase in our mortality rate in the United States, and I think that's pretty unacceptable. ”
There are several factors that must come together for the US to have complete control over the spread of the virus.
A face mask buyer carries a dog through the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on June 16, 2020 after some of the mall's stores reopened on June 10. (Photo: KEREM YUCEL / AFP via Getty Images)
"A ban is only a temporary measure to introduce a test regime, a contact tracking regime and the ability to isolate the few cases that occur," said Emanuel. "And you can see if you take all of the public health measures - blocking, physical distance, wearing a face mask, hand hygiene, closing businesses, limiting the crowd - you'll get a nice decline."
Adriana is a reporter and political and health policy editor at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @adrianambells.
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