CORONAVIRUS

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta: 'We Are Right Back To Square One' On Flattening The Curve

"We should be having a new discussion, which is ‘bring this down to near zero,'" CNN's chief medical correspondent said of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, on Monday warned that “we are right back to square one” when it comes to flattening the curve of coronavirus infections in some parts of the United States.

On Monday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” Gupta told host Don Lemon that he felt like the discussions around tackling the pandemic were no different from what they were a few months ago. He also said he was concerned about the 23 states that are seeing increasing numbers of new infections, especially Florida.

“My parents live in Florida. This is a state where 20% of the population is over the age of 65,” Gupta said. “We know that the virus — there is a vulnerable population, people who are elderly, have preexisting conditions. Seventy-five percent of the ICU beds are already occupied in Florida.”

“We kept talking about flattening the curve so as to not tax the hospital system,” he 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 redlining once again.”

Check out the full interview here:


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