Dr. Birx says COVID-19’s Impact on Rural Areas is Greater Than Before
Coronavirus deaths are now on the rise in 32 states—and states all across the country are again tightening restrictions.
Now Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, says we have reached a new phase in the pandemic.
There are more than 4.6 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and more than 154,000 Americans have died from it. The CDC predicts up to 11,000 people will die every week this month.
Birx says the virus is reaching new heights in the U.S. and is stretching into areas that were relatively untouched by it before.
“What we’re seeing today is much different from March and April, it’s extraordinarily more widespread. It’s into the rural as equal as urban areas,” she says.
Birx also says large events are the biggest reason for case spikes and that social distancing and mask wearing is still key to fighting the spread.