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?
- “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:
- “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.”