July 26, 2021

‘This is getting out of control,’ says infectious disease expert about coronavirus

As coronavirus cases spike across the country, one infectious disease expert says the wave of outbreaks is “getting out of control,” as economies and businesses reopen and some states see social distancing standards relax.

“There is an old adage in infectious disease that a virus isn’t going anywhere until it’s eliminated everywhere,” Dr. Michael Saag, director of the Infectious Disease Division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, told Yahoo Finance.

“Why don’t we direct our attention on all of us working together to have everybody wear a mask, stay at home at least for the time being,” he said. “Sorry, I know it’s not fun. But this is getting out of control.”

The United States is rapidly approaching 3 million positive coronavirus cases according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker, as the average case count in the country hits another record high.

“I’m afraid that the status quo is not going to cut it from this point forward,” said Saag. “At least for the next eight weeks. So we’re going to probably have to do something different.”

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