DR. Scott Gottlieb on Friday urged Americans to adhere to coronavirus precautions for the next few months, warning that the nation’s surge in Covid-19 cases is likely to continue in the near future.
“People shouldn’t be on guard now,” Gottlieb said on CNBCs “Squawk Box.” “We should try to stay vigilant and be careful for the last two or three months as we get through the toughest season.”
The former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration specifically urged people to watch out for Halloween parties and Thanksgiving gatherings next month this weekend as they could facilitate the spread of Covid. He has said For this reason, he refrains from celebrating Thanksgiving.
“Children are less likely than adults to both transmit the infection and have a bad outcome if they become infected. However, this does not mean that they are immune to infection,” said Gottlieb. “I think at a time when we are trying to preserve the children’s ability to go to school and study, either at home or in the classroom, throwing big parties around Halloween does not seem prudent to me.”
Gottlieb, who headed the FDA in the Trump administration of May 2017 to April 2019stressed that it should pay off in the next year to make sacrifices when the intensity of the pandemic subsides.
“We are in the final stages of the acute phase of this pandemic. We will still deal with Covid next year, but the acute phase of the pandemic was really an event for 2020,” he said. “Have the same caution this year about Halloween and Thanksgiving. We have protected people for a long time. We have two or three months to get here and we have to be careful,” he added.
As the pandemic progressed, Americans began wearing more face masks in public. But Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Professor at Harvard University, said that behavior alone is not enough to drastically reduce transmission without other precautionary measures. “We’re starting to get a lot better. The main problem is that we take them off when we go to restaurants or other indoor spaces,” said Gawande “Squawk Box.”
Gawande – a writer for The New Yorker and chairman of oasis, the joint health company Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase – also said that Americans relaxed their avoidance of crowded indoor spaces, which was problematic.
“That’s the big thing that has changed. We went from three-quarters of the people who said they avoided meeting friends and family indoors until now under 45% who avoid these settings“Said Gawande.” There is a great spread there. “
The US posted an all-time high of 88,521 new daily cases on Thursday Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. According to a CNBC analysis of the Hopkins data, the 7-day average of new daily cases in the nation is 76,590, also a record. An additional 17 states that have record numbers of hospitalized Covid patients based on a seven-day average, the CNBC analysis found.
Gottlieb previously said that coronavirus patient death rates have improved since March and April due to improvements in medical care, but the nation is likely to see it “Graduation” The total number of deaths in the coming weeks is due to the sheer number of new infections. Four states set records for average daily deaths on Thursday: Idaho, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Nearly 9 million coronavirus cases were reported in the U.S. during the pandemic, according to Hopkins, killing at least 228,675 people.
– CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.