Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that coronavirus has “brought this nation to its knees.”
Redfield said during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that the US is going to spend around $7 trillion “because of one little virus,”
“We’ve all done the best that we can do to tackle this virus.”
Redfield’s comments came after coronavirus cases increased in the US. Health officials said that it’s not just due to increased testing.
According to the international news source, 25 states have reported higher rates of new Covid-19 cases compared to last week: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the US CDC said that no state has effectively transitioned from stay-at-home orders “to a public health model of testing, tracking, isolating, and quarantining.”
Besser said to the international news source, “We have to figure out how to make that transition in a successful way, or every state that reopens — even those that have done a really good job at tamping this down — are going to see pretty dramatic rises,”
“And we’re going to end up back to where we were.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci said to the House Committee on Tuesday that “you’re essentially chasing after a forest fire,” if coronavirus is not controlled by fall in the US.
Dr. Fauci added that ambition would be to get complete control of the virus.
Redfield said that the virus has diverted the attention towards decades of underinvesting in the “core capabilities of public health data.” Now is this the time to fix the system.
“This needs to be a partnership. It’s not all the burden of the federal government to invest in public health at the local level,” In reality, “if your funding of CDC was to go away tomorrow, public health infrastructure across this nation would just crash.”
“We’re right now the backbone of it.”
“The next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surgings that we’re seeing in Florida, in Texas, in Arizona, and in other states — they’re not the only ones having difficulty,” Fauci said.