Social distancing measures are working in the US: the number of new infections and hospitalizations is beginning to decline.
President Donald Trump said that the White House working group on coronavirus sees “clear signs that our aggressive strategy” to fight the spread of infection in the United States is working – the number of new infections and hospitalizations has begun to decline for the first time in a long time. The President said this during a daily briefing at the White House.
The main model for the development of the epidemic, adjusted to take into account the constantly changing situation, now provides that less than 100 thousand people will die as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States – this figure previously appeared in the forecasts of the White House. Trump suggested that the country is approaching a peak level of infections, after which the number of cases of transmission and hospitalization will go down.
Already, as the President said, the number of new cases of infection is decreasing in many regions, and the situation in the epicenters of the disease, including in New Orleans and Detroit, is stabilizing. There are signs that social distancing and isolation of people are working and the country has managed to turn the situation around. So, the President said that the number of calls from state governors with requests to urgently provide equipment and assistance has seriously decreased.
“We are in great shape in all respects. We are in great shape with ventilators; we are in great shape with protective equipment. But at present, we do not receive any calls from the governors,” the President stressed.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House working group on coronavirus, said that New York has managed to begin to level the incidence curve, as the Italian authorities have already managed to do.
Authorities point to a decrease in the frequency of hospitalizations and the need for intensive care in New York – according to Birx, this suggests that measures of social distance are justified. As Birx reported, new cases of infection are still growing in Boston and Chicago, but the rate of their growth seems to be stabilizing.