Doctor Says Surge in Coronavirus Cases Is ‘Not Surprising’


Health officials across the nation have warned Americans about a second wave of coronavirus cases.

Now, as stay-home orders relax and reopening plans advance to later phases, some states see a rise in COVID-19 infections.

As nearly half of states are reporting a rise in new positive cases, Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told Today that the surge in coronavirus cases is “not surprising.”

“I’m worried that we’re not taking this seriously enough,” Jha said.

About a month ago, Jha said that the Trump administration and the coronavirus task force laid out criteria about how states should open up. He explained how “a good number of states ignored criteria” in reopening.

In many ways, he says this was expected due to several states seeing upticks in COVID-19 cases.

Jha understands that people could get sick of face masks, but he says it is a way to help stop spread coronavirus throughout the United States. He says the bottom line is that experts know that masks help save lives.

“For everybody, the key is to make sure your political leaders are doing everything they can to keep the virus down in your community,” Jha said.

While 24 U.S. states are trending downward in their COVID rates, seven states remain steady. Since Memorial Day, hospitalizations for the virus have increased in at least 12 states, including Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

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