Multiple states that beat back the novel coronavirus now face a new surge of cases, and experts suggest they know the reasons why it’s happening.
What’s going on:
States like California, Louisiana, Michigan and Washington state suffered a lot from the first wave of infections from the coronavirus.
Experts said the resurgence is likely due to multiple causes. Here’s what the experts told Bloomberg:
They include a population no longer willing to stay inside, Republicans who refuse face masks as a political statement, street protests over police violence and young people convinced the virus won’t seriously hurt them. And even though some of the states led by Democratic governors delayed restarting their economies until weeks after more eager peers like Georgia, they still jumped too soon, critics say.
Cuomo said: “We’re going to go through an increase, and I can feel it coming. The only question is how far up our rate goes. But you can’t have it all across the country and then have it not come back.”
Is this the ‘second wave’ of COVID-19?
It’s unclear whether or not we’re currently in a wave or not. As Kaiser Health News points out, a wave requires a steep climb and then a steep drop. A rise and peak would signal a new wave. Some states have seen a rise and fall, like a wave, where as others have remained relatively flat and plateaued at best.
In states with increases, “it would not be accurate to talk about a second wave,” said Nicole Gatto, an associate professor in the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University in California, according to KHN.
“What causes those peaks, and whether or not there will be more than one peak, as opposed to one continuous wave, will be human behavior and how humans react to what is going on around them.”