She said the virus in August is not what it looked like in March and April, when only large cities and heavily populated states were reporting cases. "It is extraordinarily widespread", she said. Cases have skyrocketed in many Southern and Western states in recent months, and members of the White House coronavirus task force are warning of emerging hot spots in the Midwest.
Per Johns Hopkins case tracker, US infections are now over 4.6M with over 154K deaths.
At least four schools - Corinth High School in Mississippi, Greenfield Central Junior High School in IN, and two schools in Indiana's Greater Clark County Schools district - reported that a student had tested positive for the coronavirus during the first week back in session, forcing people who had been in contact with them to self-quarantine. "I think we need to move on from that and talk about what is effective".
USA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who flew to the International Space Station in SpaceX's new Crew Dragon, splashed down in the capsule in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after a two-month voyage that was Nasa's first crewed mission from home soil in nine years.
"As I traveled around the country, I saw all of America moving", Dr Birx said.
The U.S. has the most coronavirus cases in the world.
Birx attributed the increased presence of the virus to "super spreading events" and said each stat needs a "dramatically tailored" approach to curbing the spread of the virus including implementing a "set of recommendations based on what we are seeing at the community level, what we are seeing relevant to the hospitals".
A major incident has been declared in the Manchester area of Britain, allowing the creation of a "central command structure" to help tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases, a local official was quoted as saying on Sunday.
In another development, US House Speaker and leading Democrat Nancy Pelosi attacked Dr Birx, linking her to "disinformation" spread by President Trump.
"What I'm concerned about primarily is the fact that we haven't controlled this virus in a serious way, we're seeing rises in a lot of states and now we're talking about reopening schools and colleges in the midst of that which I think is going to compound our problem significantly", Phillips said. Most of our governors worked hard & smart.
"This epidemic right now is different and it's more widespread and it's both rural and urban".
Asked about hydroxychloroquine on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Admiral Brett Giroir, the official in charge of the administration's testing efforts, stressed that studies have shown that the drug was not an effective treatment. The national death toll could climb to more than 168,000 by that time, with a high estimate of 182,000, according to the CDC's review.