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The United States is headed toward ‘deadly phase’ of the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Deborah Birx said in a new memo that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx walks from a television interview at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington.
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx walks from a television interview at the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington.
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Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the advisers to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, recently said that the United States is headed toward a new and “deadly phase” of the pandemic, The New York Times reports.

What going on?

Birx reportedly sent a private memo to White House officials that warned about the rising cases of COVID-19 across the country.

  • “We are entering the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic,” Birx wrote, adding, “This is not about lockdowns — It hasn’t been about lockdowns since March or April. It’s about an aggressive balanced approach that is not being implemented.”

Birx’s memo was released days after President Donald Trump said the country is rounding the corner on the pandemic.

  • Birx mentioned Trump’s recent campaign rallies, highlighting how there is little social distancing and mask-wearing, The Hill reports.

Advice from Birx:

In early October, Birx warned that there’s a “very different” spread of the coronavirus going on right now, one that is hitting families first, as I wrote about for Deseret News.

  • “The spread of the virus now is not occurring so much in the workplace as people have taken precautions,” Birx said. “It’s happening in homes and social occasions and people gathering and taking their mask off and letting down their guard and not physically distancing.”