Anthony Fauci, the administration's top infectious disease doctor, told a House panel on Tuesday that the country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a "mixed bag," adding that a new increase in cases is "disturbing."
"In some respects, we've done very well," Fauci said during an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, specifically praising the way New York has been containing the worst outbreak in the country to date.
"However, in other areas of the country, we are now seeing a disturbing surge of infections that looks like it's a combination, but one of the things is an increase in community spread. And that's something I'm really quite concerned about," Fauci said.
There are now about 30,000 new cases per day in the United States. The number of new cases had leveled off at about 20,000, and stayed there for weeks before rising this past weekend.
The rise in the U.S. comes as the Trump administration has sought to paint a rosier picture of the U.S. outlook. Both President Trump and Vice President Pence have inaccurately tried to attribute the increase in cases to more tests being performed.
The new spike in the U.S. is being driven in part by worsening outbreaks across the South and Southwest, including in Arizona, Texas, Florida and the Carolinas, even as the situation has greatly improved in once hard-hit states in the Northeast like New York and Massachusetts.
Many of the states now being hit hard were on the more aggressive side in reopening their economies.
"Right now, the next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surgings that we're seeing in Florida, in Texas, in Arizona, and in other states," Fauci said Tuesday.
While cases are spiking, the hospitalization and death rates have not been rising. But contrary to what some administration officials have argued, Fauci said it was too early to draw conclusions.
"Deaths always lag considerably behind cases. You're seeing more cases now while the deaths are going down. The concern is if those cases infect people who wind up getting sick and going to the hospital, it is conceivable you may see the deaths going up, so I think it is too early to say because the deaths are going down," Fauci said.
Fauci said he understands young people have a "pent up urge to go out," but urged everyone to wear masks, continue to practice physical distancing, and adhere to the guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
metmike; From above:
"There are now about 30,000 new cases per day in the United States. The number of new cases had leveled off at about 20,000, and stayed there for weeks before rising this past weekend.
The rise in the U.S. comes as the Trump administration has sought to paint a rosier picture of the U.S. outlook. Both President Trump and Vice President Pence have inaccurately tried to attribute the increase in cases to more tests being performed."
So doubling the number of tests from a month ago, which was double the number from the month prior to that is not a huge factor?
For sure the REAL rate is going up in many states because of people not practicing the best heath precautions but its also from more testing.
New daily positives with the much higher rate of testing and opening up.............and widespread protesting with no social distancing have been going up the last 2 weeks. Todays number is the highest since May 1. Possibly, half of this is from the increase in testing. Some is surely from opening up and poor habits and some from the protests.
Deaths have been going down steadily for 2 months but spiked higher today.
Find this data here: https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en
Daily new infection cases in zig zag blue below. Cumulative new cases in orange on graph 1.
On graph 2, deaths in zig zag purple. Totals deaths in red.