Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaks throughout a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2020.
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The U.S. might get the coronavirus pandemic under control if the majority of Americans wear masks, accept social distancing and practice excellent hand health for approximately 3 months, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated Friday.
“It’s in our hands, within our grasp,” CDC Director Robert Redfield informed press reporters on a teleconference. “But it is going to require all of us to embrace these mitigation steps. And we’re going to need to do that four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks and then we will see this outbreak under control.”
At least 90% of Americans require to use masks, social range and wash hands routinely, he stated.
“I think we’re seeing progress over the last four weeks, I hope that progress will continue, but I think none of us should turn away from the recognition that it’s key each of us recognize we want to make sure Covid stops with us,” he stated.
The U.S. reported more than 44,000 brand-new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, marking an 11% drop in the seven-day average of everyday brand-new cases compared to recently, according to a CNBC analysis of information from Johns Hopkins University.
Redfield stated Thursday that coronavirus deaths, which have actually stayed above approximately 1,000 a day because completion of July, will likely start to drop over the next week as brand-new cases have actually been on a continual decrease because about the exact same time. Deaths tend to lag brand-new infections by a couple of weeks.
The CDC anticipates the rate of deaths to drop in Arizona, Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina over the next 4 weeks, while forecasting deaths in Minnesota to increase, according to the firm’s site.
During the teleconference, Redfield prompted moms and dads to get their kids immunized for influenza as public health authorities fear the seasonal influenza might even more make complex the coronavirus pandemic throughout the fall season. Health authorities had actually hoped the coronavirus would ease off throughout the summer season, however that has actually not taken place.
At the exact same time, Redfield, who stated he has 11 grandchildren, prompted for schools to resume.
He has actually formerly alerted of “significant public health consequences,” consisting of an increase in teen substance abuse and suicide, if schools do not resume in the fall.
“I think the most important thing in all school reopenings is that in order for them to reopen and stay open we have to have confidence in teachers and parents it’s safe for them to return,” he stated. “I have great confidence my grandchildren can go back to school and do this in a safe and sensible way.”