“Issues are very totally different from two months in the past… So it’s a very totally different scenario, however it is a very, very severe scenario and the window is closing for us to take motion and get this underneath management,” Azar instructed CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
He advised that the US is healthier positioned to dealt with the pandemic than earlier than, pointing to elevated testing, contact tracing, hospital capability, reserves of private protecting tools, and development towards therapeutics and potential vaccines for the virus.
A number of states, together with Texas and Washington state, and localities have paused their reopening plans or reimposed some restrictions in hopes of curbing the unfold of the virus.
Azar denied that reopening too shortly was tied to the rise in circumstances, however as an alternative “inappropriate particular person habits” that has enabled the unfold of the virus.
“That is not a lot about what the legislation says on the reopening as what our behaviors are inside that,” he instructed Tapper.
He cautioned that if Individuals “act irresponsibly, if we do not socially distance, if we do not use face coverings in settings the place we won’t social distance, if we do not observe applicable private hygiene, we will see unfold of illness.”
“We’ve got made very clear that the Supreme Courtroom strikes down all or a big a part of Obamacare, as a result of it’s constitutionally or statutorily infirm, we’ll work with Congress to create a program that genuinely protects people with pre-existing circumstances,” Azar mentioned, including that the precise particulars will likely be depending on the court docket’s resolution and make-up of Congress.
Former US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden cautioned on Fox Information Sunday that whereas the US is doing extra testing and our hospitals are higher ready, “this virus nonetheless has the higher hand.”
When requested whether or not the Trump administration’s claims of rising case numbers was the results of extra testing being achieved, Frieden dismissed it, saying, “As a health care provider, a scientist, an epidemiologist, I can let you know with 100% certainty that in most states the place you are seeing a rise, it’s a actual enhance.
“It isn’t extra checks, it’s extra unfold of the virus,” Frieden mentioned.
CNN’s Christina Maxouris and Wes Bruer contributed to this report.