Dr. Birx Warns Of ‘Very Acute’ Second COVID-19 Wave If People Stop Social Distancing

Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx speaks during the daily White House briefing on the COVID-19 outbreak on April 4, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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April 8, 2020 9:56 a.m.
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Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leading health professionals on the White House Anti-Coronavirus Task Force, urged Americans to stick to the 30-day social distancing guidelines on Wednesday even as the COVID-19 outbreak curve begins to flatten.

The doctor told NBC “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie that public health officials were seeing encouraging signs of the viral spread slowing down as a result of social distancing.

Birx warned that Americans ought not to get complacent, however.

“What’s really important is that people don’t turn these early signs of hope into releasing from the 30 days to stop the spread,” the doctor said. “It’s really critical, and you can see the delay.”

“So if people start going out again and socially interacting, we could see a very acute second wave very early,” she continued.

Watch Birx below:

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