Coronavirus infections in United States not expected to peak until Thanksgiving, says Dr Scott Gottlieb

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The latest spike in coronavirus cases in the United States is unlikely to peak before Thanksgiving, Dr Scott Gottlieb told TBEN on Thursday, a striking prediction for a country already registering record levels of diagnosed infections.

The country’s seven-day average for new cases hit a new high of nearly 74,200 on Wednesday, according to TBEN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. This is an increase of 23.6% from a week ago.

Gottlieb, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner under the Trump administration, said during previous outbreaks of Covid-19, transmission rates only really started to drop when Americans in the regions hit hard affected began to “express more caution” by going out less. and wear face masks more regularly.

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“And I think it’s going to take more infection until we get there, unfortunately,” he said in an interview with “Squawk Box”. “I think after Thanksgiving will be a turning point when infection levels are high enough in many parts of the country that we start to see a political backlash and consumer behavior start to change. December has probably passed. curl up a bit more, and hopefully we’ll turn the corner as we move into the new year. “

New cases of Covid-19 are on the rise, based on a seven-day average, in 47 states, according to analysis of TBEN’s Hopkins data. Hospitalizations have reached record levels in 16 states, including many Midwestern states such as Wisconsin, Ohio, and the Dakota.

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Overall, the United States has nearly 8.9 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 227,703 deaths, according to data from Hopkins. The country recorded 78,981 new diagnosed infections on Wednesday, according to data from Hopkins. “We’ll be going through probably 100,000 infections at some point in the next few weeks,” Gottlieb said. “We could do it this week if all states report on time.”

Gottlieb has expressed concern that families gathering around Thanksgiving may be contributing to the spread of the coronavirus, making December “the toughest month.” He said his family will not be gathering this Thanksgiving because of Covid-19.

The country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci, 79, has expressed similar plans, saying his three children will not travel to see him as it will require them to fly and use public transport. common.

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“I have older parents. I am not going to round up a large group of people and risk older people that we have so far been able to protect with this virus,” Gottlieb said. “I think we’re going to celebrate together in 2021, Thanksgiving in 2021. We have to get through the next two months. This is the most difficult time in this pandemic, the next two months.… We can’t give up. guard right now. I think we need to continue to be vigilant. “

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