"Public health experts are sounding the alarm about the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States as the coronavirus spreads through the country largely unabated and officials muse aloud about the possibility of fresh lockdowns.
The experts use different language to underscore the situation’s urgency: Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden said the nation is experiencing a “dangerous time.” CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta called the crisis a “humanitarian disaster.” Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, who was recently named to President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, described the situation bluntly as “covid-hell.”
Their warnings come amid widespread fatigue with restrictions, even as the virus is nowhere near finished rampaging across the country. Although several states implemented new mitigation measures this week, many people have been letting down their guards or, in some cases, vowing outright to ignore the rules."
Marisa Iati reports for the Washington Post November 12, 2020.
"Covid-19 Live Updates: Virus Cases Reach New Highs in U.S., Prompting Talk of More Lockdowns" (New York Times)
"Hospitals Pushed To The Brink, Governors Warn Of Health Care Shortages" (NPR)
"Virus Surge: Schools Abandon Classes, States Retreat" (AP)
"Chicago and Detroit Told To Hunker Down As Pandemic Surges" (Reuters)
"Trump, Stewing Over Election Loss, Silent As Virus Surges" (AP)