Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the country is not doing enough to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We may be sick and tired of staying home, but the virus never tires of making us sick,” Frieden told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday.
Frieden is currently the CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global public health organization Vital Strategies.
The increase in the number of cases in areas of the United States is not the result of the country doing more tests, as some Republicans have argued, including President Donald Trump. Instead, the numbers are rising because there is more disease and it is spreading, Frieden said.
“The US response is very late,” Frieden said. “We are not doing what we have to do to stay physically distant. We are not all over the country, increasing contact detection as effectively as needed to prevent explosions in clusters and explosions. ”
Frieden compared the US response with that of South Korea.
“The facts don’t lie,” Frieden said. “There are 120,000 Americans dead from this virus. There are, finally, 270 who died from it in South Korea. “
According to a count by Johns Hopkins University, South Korea reported 281 deaths from coronaviruses, while the United States has seen more than 121,000.
Countries around the world have lower rates of infection because they are better at testing, locating and isolating people who are sick, Frieden said. He believes there must be a better national response in the United States.
In the absence of a sufficient national response, there is something that individuals can do to reduce the number of cases, he said.
“Remember the three W. Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance,” Frieden said. “Do these three things, we can keep the virus at bay.”