Americans have been dealing with the long, tedious slog of COVID-19 for months, and they are undoubtedly getting restless.
The deadly virus quickly became a pandemic after escaping Wuhan, China late last year, and has proven to be a stubborn, difficult-to-contain virus.
Given its novelty, the only weapon that the world has against this strain of coronavirus is social distancing, which has proven ever more difficult to encourage in recent days.
Now, as states around the nation grapple with the fact that their reopening plans must be put on hold once again, one official within the Trump administration is growing concerned that we may even be too late.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned Sunday that the “window is closing” for the United States to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, as confirmed cases are surging in a majority of the country and some states are dealing with record numbers of hospitalizations.
“Things are very different from two months ago… So it is a very different situation, but this is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control,” Azar told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
He suggested that the US is better positioned to handled the pandemic than before, pointing to increased testing, contact tracing, hospital capacity, reserves of personal protective equipment, and advancement toward therapeutics and potential vaccines for the virus.
Both Florida and Texas have been forced to reevaluate and roll back their plans to restart their economies after major spikes in case counts have become routine.
This could also effect the return of major league American sports, as several organizations had planned to restart their seasons from ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
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