US Health Secretary Reports No New Spikes In COVID-19 Cases

US Health Secretary Alex Azar according to a report from Reuters by way of Yahoo! News says that in spite of the reopenings around the country, there have been no serious spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Authorities are not seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening but are seeing increases in some areas that remain closed, U.S. health secretary Alex Azar said on Sunday.

“We are seeing that in places that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases,” Azar said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We still see spikes in some areas that are in fact close to very localized situations.”

zar put the onus on reopening struggles on local governments.

“These are very localized determinations. There should not be a one size fits all to reopening but reopen we must because it’s not health versus the economy. It’s health versus healthy,” he said, adding there were serious health consequences to not reopening.

Asked about images being broadcast from some areas of the country showing people gathering near bars and congregating close together, Azar said that was the cost of freedom.

“I think in any individual instance you’re going to see people doing things that are irresponsible. That’s part of the freedom that we have here in America,” he said on CNN. (source)

There is no spike…so far.

Hopefully this will continue, and it may due to the presence of sunlight, which seems to affect the spread of the disease.

However, let’s remember that diseases come in waves. We have gone through one wave, and it is far from over. As and many other sites have warned, expect a second round to emerge in the fall, as there is less sunlight and temperatures get colder.

Also, since one does not fully understand how the transmission works for this disease, could people contract it without realizing it, and then have a period of incubation that environmental conditions cause it to flare up? This is a major concern that I have not seen discussed.

There is a lot about this disease that we do not know, but political punditry aside, the general, universal consensus from people that I have seen who directly work with people on the ground is that this should be taken seriously because it is very contagious, very nasty, and could have a lot of long-term health effects if it does not kill the afflicted.

Let’s hope for more good news, but until more is understood and the pandemic passes, as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and it is better to keep the masks on and practices in place lest one accidentally contract this disease and make that which is bad far worse.

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