The top U.S. infectious disease official on Friday cautioned that the “blips” of rising coronavirus hospitalizations being reported by some states could get out of control if robust contact tracing regimes are not put in place.
Doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the last 26 years, said, “When you start seeing more hospitalizations, that’s a sure fire sign that you’re in a situation where you’re going in the wrong direction.”
In recent weeks, experts have raised concerns that the reopening of the U.S. economy could lead to a fresh wave of infections. About half a dozen states, including Texas and Arizona, are grappling with a rising number of coronavirus patients filling hospital beds.
Texas and North Carolina on Friday reported their highest hospitalization rates since the pandemic began. So far, more than 114,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus disease in the country.