Experts Warn We Are Still in the First Wave of Coronavirus Cases

June 22, 2020

    While many are going out and celebrating what seems to be the coming end of the coronavirus pandemic, experts warn that we're still not past the first wave of cases with many already talking about a second.

    According to the AP, about 120,000 Americans have died from the virus with daily counts of cases still on the rise in many areas of the southern and western parts of the country.

    However, to consider this spike to be a "second wave" would probably be a misnomer. "When you have 20,000-plus infections per day, how can you talk about a second wave?" Dr. Anthony Fauci said.

    "We're in the first wave, Let's get out of the first wave before you have a second wave," he continued.

    While it is apparent that the rate of cases had declined after school and business closures across the country, it wouldn't be accurate to assume that the reopening of these facilities has resulted in a second wave. Rather, it is just further contributing to the first.

    "The virus is spreading around the United States and hitting different places with different intensity at different times," said Dr. Richard Besser, chief executive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    Besser has also stressed that calling this spike in cases a "second wave" may wrongly suggest that the worst is over.

    Dr. Arnold Monto, a University of Michigan flu expert, agreed, saying, "What I would call this is a continued transmission with flare-ups."

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