America’s daily total of COVID-19 cases just broke a record—with 77,000—and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease doctor, is terribly worried. “Right now, if you’re looking at it, there’s a number of states, about 30, [that] have picked up and ticked up into a level where they’re increasing,” he said today on MSNBC’s MTP With Chuck Todd. “That is a precarious place to be for a couple of reasons, because those upticks and case positivities, which are in fact leading to increases in hospitalizations, which ultimately will lead an increase in deaths.” Read on to see which states are in trouble, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
Where Does Dr. Fauci Predict More COVID Deaths?
Dr. Fauci is a member of the Coronavirus Task Force, and he and Todd discussed their reports, some of which are not made public. The Center for Public Integrity did make one public, however, and it lists the states Dr. Fauci was referencing.
States in the red zone for new coronavirus cases in this week’s White House report (more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents):
North DakotaSouth DakotaMontanaWisconsinNebraskaUtahIdahoIowaWyomingMissouriOklahomaArkansasMississippiAlaskaIndianaTennesseeKansasIllinoisMinnesotaNew MexicoKentuckyAlabamaNorth CarolinaNevadaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaColoradoMichiganTexasWest VirginiaOhio
States in the red zone for test positivity (more than 10% of diagnostic tests are positive):
States in the red zone for deaths (more than two deaths per 100,000 residents):
North DakotaArkansasSouth DakotaKansasFloridaIowaMississippiAlabamaMontanaMissouriWisconsinTennesseeRhode Island
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Follow Fauci’s Fundamentals
Despite the grim numbers, Fauci reiterated: “We don’t want to shut down the country. Every time I talk about things that we need to do, people get concerned that looking about it, shutting down, we’re not talking about shutting down, but we’re talking about doubling down on some of the fundamental public health measures that we need to adhere to—the universal wearing of masks, the physical distancing, the avoiding congregate settings and crowds, particularly indoor doing things to the extent possible, outdoor more than indoor, such as dining and things like that. To the extent we can with the weather and frequent washing our hands, they seem rather simple, but they really do work.” So practice Fauci’s fundamentals, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.