CNBC’s Meg Tirrell reports on the ew coronavirus hot spots emerging across the country.
The coronavirus outbreaks seen in about half a dozen states across the U.S. isn’t the feared “second wave” – it’s still the first, scientists and infectious disease specialists say.
To be defined as a second wave the virus would need to retreat and reappear, or a new variant would have to emerge, said Ian Lipkin, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University. “The recent increase in cases does not reflect either.”
Covid-19 has sickened more than 2 million Americans and killed at least 113,820 since the first confirmed U.S. case less than five months ago, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. While new cases are on the decline in once hot spots such as New York state, cases are on the rise in places like Texas, Florida and Arizona with the U.S. still seeing roughly 20,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, Hopkins data shows.
A handful of states like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts have experienced “clear first-wave outbreaks,” said Nicholas Reich, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “However, many states have had more of a first-wave plateau, without a clear decline for many weeks.”
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