The U.S. is in a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, according to White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.
She said that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold in the U.S. earlier this year.
“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,” she told CNN’s reporter Dana Bash.
Birx underscored the importance of Americans following health recommendations, which includes wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
“To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus,” Birx said. “If you’re in multi-generational households, and there’s an outbreak in your rural area or in your city, you need to really consider wearing a mask at home, assuming that you’re positive if you have individuals in your households with comorbidities.”
“This epidemic right now is different and it’s more widespread and it’s both rural and urban,” she added.
As of Sunday, the U.S. had reported more than 4.6 million cases of Covid-19 and at least 154,449 Americans have died, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University.
Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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