CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Monday warned that “we are right back to square one” about talk of flattening the curve of the coronavirus in some parts of the United States.
“I’m particularly worried about Florida,” said Gupta.
“My parents live in Florida, this is a state where 20% of the population is over the age of 65,” he explained. “We know that the virus, there is a vulnerable population, people who are elderly, have pre-existing conditions. 75% of the ICU beds are already occupied in Florida.”
“We kept talking about flattening the curve so as to not tax the hospital system,” Gupta added. “We are right back to square one in terms of that discussion again, flattening the curve. That was March. We should be having a new discussion which is ‘bring this down to near zero.’ Instead, we’re talking about how to keep the hospitals from red-lining once again.”
Check out the full interview here:
“I’m particularly worried about Florida,” says Dr. Sanjay Gupta about a spike in Covid-19 cases. “75% of the ICU beds are already occupied in Florida. We kept talking about flattening the curve so as to not tax the hospital system. We are right back to square one.” pic.twitter.com/ECdPxkZ75K
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) June 23, 2020