(CNN) – As most US states head in the wrong direction with coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have retracted key information about how the virus spreads. The US is on the brink of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, with the number of new cases rising in 28 states, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
“We may be in for a very apocalyptic fall, I’m sorry to say,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “And it’s happening because we’re forcing schools to reopen in areas of high transmission.
We’re forcing colleges to reopen, and we don’t have the leadership nationally, telling people to wear masks and to social distance and do all the things we need to do.” Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said she agrees this fall “could be apocalyptic” after recent spikes.
The United States is struggling to keep the virus under control, as new cases are reported each day. Gray bars represent the number of new cases reported each day. The dashed red line shows the seven-day moving average. “Why are we going back up? I think there are a few reasons,” Marrazzo said, “One is that there is general fatigue. People are really tired of this,” she said. “And then the second thing is … the completely contradictory messages that we’re getting — not just the misinformation, but also the confusion about how things are spread.” READ MORE