Health leader warns of es­ca­lat­ing dan­ger

San Francisco Chronicle - - CORONAVIRU­S PANDEMIC -

Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tary Alex Azar stressed Sunday that “the win­dow is clos­ing” for the U.S. to take ac­tion to ef­fec­tively curb the coro­n­avirus.

Azar pointed to a re­cent spike in in­fec­tions, par­tic­u­larly in the South. He says peo­ple have “to act re­spon­si­bly” by so­cial dis­tanc­ing and wear­ing face masks es­pe­cially “in th­ese hot zones.”

Azar ar­gued that the U.S. is in a bet­ter po­si­tion than two months ago in fight­ing the virus be­cause it is con­duct­ing more test­ing and has ther­a­peu­tics avail­able to treat COVID­19.

But he ac­knowl­edged that hos­pi­tal­iza­tions and deaths could in­crease in the next few weeks, be­cause it is a lag­ging in­di­ca­tor. Azar spoke on NBC and CNN.

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