CDC Says Every Public Activity in the Nation ‘Has Some Degree of Risk’

June 30, 2020

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, otherwise known as the CDC, reported that the country might see coronavirus cases spike as states being to reopen and more people gather in groups.

    Today reported that Dr. Jay Butler, the leader of the CDC's COVID-19 response, said that all activities involving a group of people have "some degree of risk right now."

    "It's important to remember the situation is unprecedented, and the pandemic is ongoing," Butler said.

    Across the nation, Butler has said that states have been flattening the curve but added that places across the country are experiencing different transmission levels as businesses begin to reopen.

    Butler says "it is too soon to say" if cases are spiking in some areas due to states reopening. He cautioned that "the vast majority of Americans still have not been exposed to this virus."

    CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Americans should continue to practice social distancing, washing their hands, and wear face coverings in public.

    "The more closely you interact with others, the longer the interactions last, and more people involved, the higher risk of COVID-19," Butler said.

    Health officials across the nation have warned Americans about a second wave of coronavirus cases. At least 19 states are currently experiencing a trend of new increasing cases, according to a CNN report.

    One of these states, Arizona, is bracing for impact, with officials urging hospitals to activate emergency plans. Dr. Cara Christ, the state's Director of Health Services, has asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to guarantee bed capacity.

    While 24 U.S. states are trending downward in their COVID rates, seven states remain steady. Additionally, since Memorial Day, hospitalizations for the virus have increased in at least 12 states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

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