Date of Publication: June 11, 2020
Source: The Washington Post
In the United States, many states issued guidance to allow for re-opening of their economies despite evidence and urging from public health that the first waves of COVID-19 had not yet passed. The effects of those guidelines are now coming to a head. Arizona is one example of this – two weeks after the state opened, which is aligned with the time it takes for the virus to incubate, Arizona saw a precipitous rise in infections and hospitalizations, forcing the state’s hospitals to activate its emergency plans. And now, more than a dozen other states, including Texas, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada, are posting record high numbers of cases and hospitalizations. State officials are arguing that there continues to be sufficient hospital capacity for individuals who need to be hospitalized, and that they are making every effort possible to increase testing capacity in their settings. However, healthcare officials are continuing to stress the need for social distancing if possible and to continue with basic hygiene measures. As state officials continue to push for a return to normal life, public health officials are sounding the alarm that the data appears to be showing a need to tighten restrictions, as cases continue to increase.
Summary by: Vincent Tang