Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director claimed coronavirus has “brought this nation to its knees,” said CNN.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US CDC, said the country is probably going to spend about $7 trillion “because of one little virus,”
Redfield report this during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
“We’ve all done the best that we can do to tackle this virus,” he said.
Redfield’ made this statement as half of US states are seeing spikes in new coronavirus cases.
He noted that this is not just due to increased testing.
According to CNN as of Tuesday, 25 states have recorded higher rates of new cases compared to last week.
These are the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Ohio, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, and Mississippi.
Also included are states of Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told the House committee that he put an ultimatum on resolving the pandemic.
Fauci claimed that if the U.S. doesn’t get control of the coronavirus pandemic by fall, “you’re essentially chasing after a forest fire.”
He said the goal would be to get complete control of the virus instead of just mitigating it, which is happening now.
Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
To date, more than 2.3 million people have been infected with coronavirus, and almost 122,000 dead.
This is according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Health Workers Are Being Harassed
Meanwhile, Los Angeles County’s public health director has received a death threat, said CNN.
“Someone very casually suggested” that the Los Angeles County’s public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer should be shot.
“I didn’t immediately see the message, but my husband did, my children did, and so did my colleagues,” said Ferrer.
Ferrer noted that this happened during a live public briefing on Facebook last month.
She felt that it’s just one of the many threats of violence public health workers are facing across the nation.
Ferrer believed that this is “on a regular basis” as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.