Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that household gatherings have become a “major vector” of coronavirus spread.
“This is being driven by individual behaviors at this point … We’ve got to keep focused on washing our hands, watching our distance and wearing our face coverings when we can't watch our distance and in particular being careful in household gatherings. This has become a major vector of disease spread,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
At last night’s debate, President Trump again said the US is “rounding the turn” in the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday was the highest day for new infections since late July.
Azar said the President is “trying to give people hope” while acknowledging “we are in a very serious moment.”
Azar was pressed if the administration could take a more aggressive approach to the virus and why Trump continues to hold rallies without social distancing.
“In public health, we focus on mitigation fatigue,” Azar said. “… When you look back, we actually hit that curve at just about the right point to achieve the core strategic objective, which was to flatten and delay that curve. … We're seeing the impacts here and in Europe from mitigation fatigue.”