Deborah Birx: Americans needs to 'increase their vigilance' against coronavirus

Deborah Birx: Americans needs to 'increase their vigilance' against coronavirus

The White House coronavirus task force told Americans to “increase their vigilance” against the coronavirus as the national death toll surpasses a quarter-million and federal scientists urge the public to avoid travel and consider virtual gatherings for Thanksgiving.

Government scientist Deborah Birx said many asymptomatic people are unknowingly spreading the virus to others, so mask-wearing is critical as people move indoors and the curve of reported infections shoots up vertically.

“This is really a call to action for every Americans to increase their vigilance because of the graphic that is shown here,” Dr. Birx said in front of graphics in the White House briefing room. “This is more cases, more rapidly, than what we had seen before.”

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Dr. Birx said the federal distribution of rapid antigen tests should help states root out infected persons, even if they don’t feel sick. But she said people need to be wary of mixing households, as gatherings drive spread.

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