Anne Schuchat, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), speaks at a meeting of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
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Dr. Anne Shuchat, the chief deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday that the spread of the coronavirus is too fast and too wide to control.
The United States has set a record of daily new infections in recent days, mainly in the southern and western outbreaks. The recent surge in new cases has exceeded the daily infection rate in April, when the virus spread in Washington State and Northeast, and public officials believe the epidemic peaked in the United States.
“We are not in New Zealand, Singapore or South Korea to find new cases as quickly as possible. We can trace all the contacts. The isolated person, the sick and the exposed are isolated. They can control everything. She is accepting the “Journal of the American Medical Association”
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, New Zealand’s outbreak peaked in early April and 89 new cases were reported in one day. On June 8, officials announced that the island nation would no longer be infected with nearly 5 million people. Since then, a small number of cases have entered the country by international travelers, but so far, health officials have managed to control the infection, and as of June, fewer than 10 cases per day.
South Korea was one of the first countries outside China to fight the outbreak of coronavirus, but health officials managed to control the epidemic through active detection, contact tracking and isolation of infected persons. According to data from Hopkins University, on March 3, the outbreak peaked at 851 new infections, but since April 1, the country has reported fewer than 100 new cases every day.
Like South Korea, Singapore has achieved early success in preventing the spread of the virus through active testing and tracking. However, according to Hopkins data, the virus began to circulate in the migrant worker community of the island country in April and quickly spread to its peak on April 20, when the country reported about 1,400 new cases. Hopkins data shows that since then, new cases have steadily declined every day, and on Sunday, the country reported 213 new cases.
Shuchat said that although the outbreaks in New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore are different and follow different trajectories, officials in all three countries are now responding quickly to each new infection to put out the aftermath of the outbreak. The United States stands in stark contrast because it continues to report more than 30,000 new infections every day.
When talking about the recent surge in new cases in the United States, Shuchat said: “This is indeed the beginning.” “I think there are a lot of wishful thinking ideas across the country, hey, it is summer now. Everything will be fine. We have already I have overcome this problem and have not even begun to overcome it. There are many worrying factors about this last week or so.”
Shuchat said that compared to other countries, the huge size of the United States and the fact that the virus attacked different parts of the United States at different times have complicated the public response here. For example, South Korea once concentrated their response on the southern city of Daegu, and later deployed a contact tracker when it discovered new cases in the capital, Seoul.
Shuchat said: “What we have in the United States is difficult to describe because it has many different outbreaks.” “An incredible wave of acceleration, intense intervention and control measures have brought New York, Connecticut The level of traffic in New Jersey is greatly reduced. But in most other parts of the United States, there are many viruses. In many places, more viruses are spread than before.”
She said the coronavirus has proven to be the kind of virus that Schuchat and her colleagues have been worried about. She added that it spreads easily, and no one seems to be immune to it, in fact it is “more secret than we expected”.
She said: “While planning and considering, people deny that this does happen to watches, but this is happening.” “According to our research [the 1918 flu pandemic], I think what we experienced as a global community is really bad, it is similar to the transformation experience of 1918. “
Shuchat said that at the current level of transmission, the American public should “expect this virus to continue to spread.” She added that people can help stop the spread of infection through social evacuation, wearing masks and washing their hands, but unless there is a vaccine, Otherwise, no one can count on any mitigation measures to stop the virus.
She said: “We may affect it, but as far as the weather or the season is helpful to us, I don’t think we can count on this.”