Next Two Weeks ‘Critical’ To Curbing Coronavirus Spread In The Most Populous States

( America’s three most populous states set new coronavirus records on Wednesday, as part of a “disturbing surge” of the virus in the southern and western parts of the country.

Multiple leading virus experts are warning that the next few weeks are going to be critical to containing these new outbreaks, otherwise the effects could be devastating.

Dr. Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, recently said:

“The big metro areas seem to be rising very quickly, and some of the models are on the verge of being apocalyptic.”

Texas and Florida each announced more than 5,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting records for both states. California, meanwhile, recorded more than 7,000 new cases, which destroyed that state’s record that they set just a day before.

Houston is one of the hardest-hit cities in this newest wave of outbreaks, and if something doesn’t change quick, it could be on a path to numbers like are being seen in Brazil. One model, for example, shows Houston could experience an increase of four times the currently number of daily cases by the Fourth or July.

As Hotez said:

“That is really worrisome, and as those numbers rise, we’re seeing commensurate increases in the number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions. You get to the point where you overwhelm ICUs, and that’s when the mortality goes up.”

Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the U.S., warned that “the virus is not going to disappear,” as the states that are experiencing a “disturbing surge” are seeing right now.

Talking to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, Fauci said:

“The next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surges we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states.”

With cases increasingly rapidly in three states that are home to more than 27% of the U.S. population, according to US Census Bureau estimates, local politicians are urging people to play a bigger part in curbing the spread.

California has instituted a mandatory policy where people must wear masks when outside of their home. In Texas, one of the first states to re-open, Republican Governor Greg Abbott isn’t putting more restrictions in place yet, but he is urging people to remain home.

“Because the spread is so rampant right now, there’s never a reason for you to have to leave your home,” he said. “Unless you do need to go out, the safest place for you is at your home.”

While he initially said he would be against re-imposing restrictions in the state, Abbott did say that if the spread continues at the current rate — or gets worse — he would consider putting rules in place that could close bars and restaurants, for example.

California Governor Gavin Newsom told his residents to “love thy neighbors, like yourself, please.” He especially encouraged younger people to be vigilant and cautious, saying:

“Be careful about Mom and Dad, and careful about your mother-in-law, your father-in-law, your grandparents.”