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Here’s how many people are susceptible to the coronavirus

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield says plenty of people are still at risk of getting coronavirus

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In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march along the Willamette River during a rally in Portland, Ore. Portland has denied a permit for a Saturday rally planned by the right-wing group Proud Boys.

Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march along the Willamette River during a rally in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 17, 2019. Portland has denied a permit for a Saturday rally planned by the right-wing group Proud Boys.

Noah Berger, Associated Press

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfieldisn’t trying to mince words — nearly the entire country is still susceptible to the novel coronavirus.

What’s going on:

Redfield spoke with the Senate Health Committee this week about preliminary results of a study that showed how many people can still get the coronavirus, CNNreports.

  • Redfield said 90% of the population remains susceptible to the coronavirus.
  • That means 295 million Americans can still be infected with the virus.

Redfield said that the results of the study are still in the final stages. The CDC expects to release results next week.

The bottom line — “the majority of Americans are susceptible to this virus,” Redfieldsaid.

Taking the virus seriously:

Dr. Anthony Fauci, testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn joined Redfield in testifying before the committee. They urged for people to take the facts about the coronavirus seriously, according to CNN.

  • “We do feel the urgency of the moment. We do take very much.... very seriously our responsibility to protect American lives,” Hahn said. “We will not delay, but we will not cut corners in our process.”