Health officials report that nearly 3,000 Americans are dying a day from COVID-19, and the worst is yet to come.
Redfield said that last week’s violent storming of the United States Capitol by President Donald Trump supporters would make the COVID-19 outbreak even worse.
“I do think you have to anticipate that this is another surge event. You had largely unmasked individuals in a non-distanced fashion, who were all through the Capitol,” Redfield said. “Then these individuals all are going in cars and trains and planes going home all across the country right now."
According to CNBC analysis of data put together by John Hopkins University, the country reported more than 3,400 deaths from COVID-19 on January 8. Those new numbers caused the seven-day average of new deaths to jump to a record-high number of 2,983.
Over the past several days, officials have reported an average of more than 247,200 new cases every day.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explained how the outbreak would get worse before it gets better.
“We’re going to continue to see mortality in the 2,500-5,000 a day range,” Redfield said. “This is going to continue to get worse through January, and probably parts of February before we really start to turn the corner.”
Cases across the country have risen as officials have predicted a surge in the virus was caused by family gatherings for the holidays last month.
Data reports that daily new cases are up by at least 5% in 47 states.
Redfield explained how the outbreak is causing bed shortages in Southern California. He also mentioned how Texas and Georgia could soon experience the same thing.