Birx Attributes Coronavirus Spikes to States That ‘Stepped on the Gas’ During Phases of Reopening

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, is sharing why she believes some states across the nation are seeing an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases.

During an interview with the Wharton Business Daily, Birx explained the difference between the approach states in the South took for reopening compared with those in the North.

“The South, which didn’t experience a significant outbreak through the March-April timeframe, I think came at this opening in a different way than the Northeast or the Midwest that had experience with the outbreak,” Birx said.

According to Birx, the surge in coronavirus cases can be linked to how quickly the South reopened.

“And so when they opened, instead of gating closely through all of the recommended gates, a lot of individuals and a lot of businesses instead of driving 25 in a 25 mile an hour zone, stepped on the gas and started going 65, and it’s really evident now in the spread of cases across most age groups,” Birx said.

Listen to her interview below:

Birx urged those within the older age groups to continue to shelter across the South.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation. As of Tuesday evening, there are more than 2.9 million coronavirus cases in the United States alone and over 131,000 deaths.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert and member of the White House coronavirus task force, spoke to the status of the pandemic during a live internet interview with National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins on Monday, as IJR previously reported.

Fauci called it a “serious situation that we have to address immediately.”

Fauci warned of the “false narrative” surrounding the coronavirus outbreak as a result of the decrease in the death rate.

He indicated his concern with the lack of seriousness surrounding the situation.

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