Here we go again …
With coronavirus cases reportedly back on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced that more lockdowns may be needed.
The man who made the suggestion is Dr. Jay Butler, the COVID-19 incident manager for the CDC, the Washington Examiner reports. Butler spoke with reporters at a press conference on Friday.
“If cases begin to go up again, and particularly if they go up dramatically, it’s important to recognize that more extensive mitigation efforts such as what were implemented back in March may be needed again,” he said.
Butler, however, stated that such a decision should “be made locally based on what is happening within the community regarding disease transmission.”
“We know the pandemic is not over, and even looking at some of the serology data, it’s clear that the vast majority of Americans still have not been exposed to this virus,” Butler added.
With the relaxing of some of the protective restrictions, not to mention the protests that attracted massive crowds across America, coronavirus cases have been on the rise in a number of states. Utah and Oregon are two such examples.
Just on Thursday, coronavirus cases in Oregon reach a new high of 178 coronavirus cases confirmed in a day. Then, on Saturday, Utah reached its new high mark of 546.
As a result, the governors of both states have put their reopening plans on hold. A similar step was taken this past week in Nashville, Tennesse, which also saw a 56 case increase over a 24-hour span.
Where are we
A key question here is where we are at in terms of the coronavirus. Based on the recent uptick in cases, are we entering a second wave?
The answer appears to be “no.” The numbers seem to suggest that we are still firmly in the first wave, with new daily cases being about 22,000 on average — the same as it was back in mid-May.
But, even if we are entering a second phase, another question that ought to be asked is whether we really want to do this whole business of shutting down large portions of the country again. Did that really work that well? And, will there not always be a resurgence after such lockdowns? Surely, we’ve learned our lesson, and surely there is a better way to go about this.