Increases of COVID-19 cases in much of the country

Dr. Syra Madad joins “GMA” to discuss coronavirus headlines, how to deal with the pandemic in the upcoming months and how to stay vigilant after eight months in quarantine.
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to adopt this program in the future. Eva. Joining us to talk about the coronavirus and the headlines today is Dr. Syra madad. An infectious disease epidemiologist. Thank you for being here. Thank you for having me. Cases are going up across the country. What needs to happen right now to get a handle on this. Do we have a handle on this at this point? We absolutely don't have a handle on the covid-19 pandemic in the United States. You're seeing an increase number of patients and hospital indicators are increasing. These are all indicators we're going in the wrong direction. We need more individuals wearing a mask, prioritize activities to help curb the spread of covid-19. This includes looking where people are congregating. We need to prioritize what we need to do to get a handle on the pandemic. You said this isn't just a pandemic. It's 50 epidemics playing out differently in each of the states. Does this make it harder to get control? It absolutely does make it much, much harder. We have a bottom up approach in the United States versus a top down approach in other for example, each state is dealing with its own epidemic. If you're looking at Vermont, 2.3 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day average versus north Dakota which has 105.5 cases per 100,000 in the past seven days. Each epidemic is very different. Some are trending in the right direction, some are traveling in the wrong direction. We are at very high case levels coming into fall and winter and it's going to get worse. We need to see how he can try to get handle on covid-19 because this is going to be with us for quite sometime and it's going to be the most difficult months for the American people. We've been fighting this virus for many months. What have we learned that will help us heading into the colder winter months? We have learned a lot. Some of the most basic things you're constantly hearing. We need to limit the number of people congregating. We need better ventilation if they're coming together indoors. Mask use, hand washing, social distancing. These are not magical interventions, but they work. We need to continue these measures. As we're heading into difficult months, people need to start looking at how they can prepare themselves. Having an in-home emergency kit. You'll see a more hyper local you may have to shelter in place if the cases continue to increase. Important to look at now who you want in your social bubble, staying informed and staying healthy. These are things people need to start looking at and doing along with preventive measures to help ride out the fall and winter wave we're currently in. Dr. Madad, we appreciate your time. Dan, over to you. We turn to another urgent

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