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CDC Official Sees ‘Distressing’ Rise in Cases

October 22, 2020

ATLANTA — The deputy director for infectious diseases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the United States is seeing a “distressing trend” with coronavirus cases increasing in nearly three-quarters of the country.

Dr. Jay Butler said at a briefing Wednesday one factor in the rises, particularly in the Midwest, is that people are spending more time indoors with the arrival of cool weather.

He adds “that smaller, more intimate gatherings of family, friends and neighbors may be driving infections as well” at which people pay less attention to the need for face coverings and social distancing.

Butler says it’s important for people not to let down their guard. He says: “I recognize that we are all getting tired of the impact that COVID-19 has had on our lives. We get tired of wearing masks. But it continues to be as important as it’s ever been.”

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