‘Brutal Pandemic Reality Check’: Top CDC Official Gives Grim Assessment on Coronavirus Containment

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The number two official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a grim assessment Monday about the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., warning the country is “not even beginning to be over this” and “clearly not at a point where there’s so little virus being spread that it’s going to be easy to snuff out.”

The comments from CDC principal deputy director Dr. Anne Schuchat came in a live-streamed Q&A session with The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Schuchat contrasted the situation in the U.S. with that of New Zealand or Singapore, “where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control.”

“We have way too much virus across the country for that right now, so it’s very discouraging,” she said.

The new surge of Covid-19 cases in the U.S., warned Schuchat, is “really the beginning.”

“I think there was a lot of wishful thinking around the country that, ‘Hey it’s summer. Everything’s going to be fine. We’re over this,’ and we are not even beginning to be over this,” said Schuchat, adding, “There are a lot of worrisome factors about the last week or so.”

“As much as we’ve studied [the 1918 flu pandemic], I think what we’re experiencing as a global community is really bad and it’s similar to that 1918 transformational experience,” she said.

PBS Newshour‘s William Brangham tweeted Schuchat’s comments served as a “brutal pandemic reality check.”

Public health experts weighed in on the interview as well.

Schuchat’s interview took place the same day World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a similarly sobering assessment of progress to contain the coronavirus, saying that “this is not even close to being over.”

“Although many countries have made some progress,” he said, “globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.”

As of press time there were over 10.4 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including over 2.6 million in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins.

The university’s tracker also showed that Covid-19 has led to 509,706 deaths, 129, 545 of which were in the U.S.

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3 Comments on "‘Brutal Pandemic Reality Check’: Top CDC Official Gives Grim Assessment on Coronavirus Containment"

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See, here’s the problem… The mathematics of epidemiology is brutally simple. You can’t argue with it all you like. Its like disputes with gravity. Gravity always gets the last word… period. The virus does what it does mechanically, repeatedly, predictably. The wildcard forever and always is the behavior of the infected.

We know how to beat this. But if you make the simplest precautions a political statement for the mentally inept, we are going to all deal with the thinning of the herd, by our dumbest members.


It will never touch me, I stay home and only go out to get what is necessary if I cant order it delivered.

Edith Anderson
Edith Anderson

Moose tracks: Seems it is possible to have the virus introduced into your home by just having items delivered.
Who packed the item to be delivered ? Were they wearing gloves and mask ? How about the driver, gloves ? Mask? Are they using disinfectant spray ? Are you allowing deliveries to just sit for a couple of days? Do you know how long virus is viable upon certain containers ? Glass, cardboard, metal ? Just asking.