As the weekend of July 4 approaches, an infectious disease doctor said the United States may be heading for “the perfect storm” for an increase in new cases of coronavirus.
“It created a perfect storm: the combination of travel, the combination of reopening, perhaps in some cases, too early, and the combination of people who do not necessarily follow some of these preventive guidelines,” said Dr. Joshua Barocas, a contagious. A medical specialist at Boston Medical Center said Wednesday during a briefing by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Barocas said cases had skyrocketed in some states after Memorial Day. Thirty-seven states are now trending upward in the number of cases processed last week, and only two states, New Jersey and Rhode Island, are trending downward.
“I am very concerned, especially considering the weekend that you will see the same types of spikes, the same types of surges, not only in places that are currently experiencing surges, but in places that have already experienced surges and where they haven’t done it yet, “he said.
Dr. Ricardo Franco, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said: “This increase in our first prolonged wave of infections makes it very difficult to predict what could happen and on weekends July 4 could play an important role in this regard. “