The CDC’s COVID-19 incident manager, Dr. Jay Butler, just confirmed that the US may have to initiate a second lockdown if new coronavirus cases continue to significantly rise.
“If cases begin to go up again, and particularly if they go up dramatically, it’s important to recognize that more extensive mitigation efforts such as what were implemented back in March may be needed again,” Butler said on Friday.
“That is a decision that really needs to be made locally based on what is happening within the community regarding disease transmission,” he continued.
Butler warned that the pandemic is “not over,” remarking that “looking at some of the serology data, it’s clear that the vast majority of Americans still have not been exposed to this virus.”
The COVID-19 fallout from the widespread protests hasn’t quite begun to emerge, but the next several weeks will likely be the critical period that shows whether or not the US will experience a virus resurgence from the massive gatherings across the nation.
The US has experienced a rise in daily COVID-19 diagnoses in recent days, which was expected as most of the US lifted lockdown orders. Many states are entering the final phases of reopening, including allowing large gatherings such as churches and, of course, protests.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Twenty-three states have seen increases in coronavirus cases in the last week. The governors of both Utah and Oregon, as well as the mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday decided to pause the loosening of economic restrictions in their areas.
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