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Opinion Piece: "Drs. Hotez and Rimoin: Controlling coronavirus — this plan could allow us to safely reopen by Oct. 1"

Fox News published a commentary co-written by Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, and Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, on how to contain the virus by October.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The U.S. is experiencing a significant resurgence of COVID-19 this summer, especially in the South and possibly now the Midwest. We have a path to contain the virus, reset the nation and renew American optimism.

The summer of 2020 saw a dramatic surge in COVID-19 across the Southern United States. By July, more than 20 percent of the new confirmed daily global COVID-19 cases occurred across the southern states from Florida to California.

The deaths are also increasing, so that in some states COVID-19 has become a leading cause of daily deaths – a situation similar to what we saw in New York and New Jersey last spring.