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The uptick of new cases of COVID-19 is not just coming from the traditional hot spots such as meatpacking plants, jails, and nursing homes. NET Health’s contact tracing activities have identified new cases related to the typical aspects of daily life, such as parties, fitness sessions, retail outlets, and funerals.
“I can’t necessarily say I’m surprised,” says George Roberts, NET Health CEO. “Public Health knows that the virus is still out there, but because things are opening up, there’s the misconception that maybe the coronavirus has gone away.”
CNN recently interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, and he referenced a COVID-19 study performed by a team of five researchers from Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, the University of California, San Diego, and the California Institute of Technology.
The conclusion of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is that social distancing itself was insufficient to control the spread but that wearing face masks while in public corresponded to the most effective means to prevent COVID-19 transmission.
The reasonable practice of wearing face masks, social distancing, quarantine of sick individuals, and contact tracing, is the most successful tactics to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
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