WASHGINTON – President Trump is calling the Coronavirus one of the greatest threats the United States has ever seen.
“This is worse than Pearl Harbor, ” said President Trump. “This is worse than the World Trade Center. There’s never been an attack like this.”
Despite that, more than 40-states, not including New York, will be at least partly re-opened by this weekend.
Over the past two weeks, 19 states saw an overall increase in reported Coronavirus cases, 13 saw them drop while 18 held steady, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
“For states that are looking to re-open, I think it’s important to lead with public health risk assessments, and so we have suggested it should be low-risk activities that are the first to be re-introduced into the community,” explained Caitlin Rivers, a Senior Scholar with Johns Hopkins University. “Things that are outside are a great place to start.”
Experts say only time will tell if the reopening process will cause the virus to spread.
Regardless health officials say the threat isn’t going away anytime soon.
Although President Trump recently said there’s a chance a vaccine could be ready before the end of the year, others, including infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, say 2021 is more likely.