Birx Attributes Coronavirus Spikes to States That ‘Stepped on the Gas’ During Phases of Reopening

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, is sharing why she believes some states across the nation are seeing an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases.

During an interview with the Wharton Business Daily, Birx explained the difference between the approach states in the South took for reopening compared with those in the North.

“The South, which didn’t experience a significant outbreak through the March-April timeframe, I think came at this opening in a different way than the Northeast or the Midwest that had experience with the outbreak,” Birx said.

According to Birx, the surge in coronavirus cases can be linked to how quickly the South reopened.

“And so when they opened, instead of gating closely through all of the recommended gates, a lot of individuals and a lot of businesses instead of driving 25 in a 25 mile an hour zone, stepped on the gas and started going 65, and it’s really evident now in the spread of cases across most age groups,” Birx said.

Listen to her interview below:

Birx urged those within the older age groups to continue to shelter across the South.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the nation. As of Tuesday evening, there are more than 2.9 million coronavirus cases in the United States alone and over 131,000 deaths.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert and member of the White House coronavirus task force, spoke to the status of the pandemic during a live internet interview with National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins on Monday, as IJR previously reported.

Fauci called it a “serious situation that we have to address immediately.”

He doubled down on his comments during a video conference hosted by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on Tuesday, as IJR previously reported.

Fauci warned of the “false narrative” surrounding the coronavirus outbreak as a result of the decrease in the death rate.

He indicated his concern with the lack of seriousness surrounding the situation.


  1. Screwtape – If the spikes are specific to a mutation in the virus and NOT a country or state’s response then we would see spikes everywhere to the roughly same degree.

    Florida numbers look nothing like Italy’s numbers right now. Despite Italy’s population being almost three times more than Florida, the daily average for FL is almost 32 times higher.

    Even other states that went with a phased opening should have seen insanely high jumps if this was only due to the virus mutating. But they aren’t seeing that either – even with protests.

    FL opened too fast. But they wanted things open and the Republicans said their people were willing to get sick and die to save the economy. Just because that’s now actually happening doesn’t mean you get to pretend its for a different reason suddenly.

  2. Dr. Birx attributes this to premature re-opening. But she fails to account for new research indicating that the virus has mutated into a form more capable of infecting humans.

    Studies of the new spikes in China, Italy, etc. have shown the variant is much better adapted to people than the zoonotic original.

  3. Stupid Rephucklican trumpuke’s ass kissing governors

    should be charged with trumpuke for Manslaughter.

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