Multiple US states have found a resurgence in coronavirus cases after reopening.
Insider recently spoke to four doctors in Houston, Chicago and south Florida — all of which have recorded high daily coronavirus cases in recent weeks.
All said they are seeing younger patients with less severe symptoms than people they treated at the beginning of the US outbreak in March.
They also blamed the recent rise in cases on a lack of social distancing and mask wearing.
The Florida doctor said his state should have imposed a mask mandate early on in the pandemic, but that it would be too late now. “We’re beyond the point of no return,” he said.
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After much of America started coming out of coronavirus lockdowns in the spring, new hotspots have emerged across the country.
Insider spoke to emergency medicine physicians located in three areas seeing a concerning number of cases — Houston, Chicago and south Florida — to see what the fight against the coronavirus looks like today.
They all noted that the type of patients and severity of their illness have changed over the course of the pandemic. Many also blamed the new rise in cases on the lack of social distancing and mask-wearing in public, and “pandemic fatigue.”
Younger, less sick, patients
All the doctors said that the coronavirus patients they have seen in recent days have less severe symptoms and tend to be younger, compared to the initial surge of cases they saw at the beginning of the pandemic.
Bradley Kutka, an emergency medicine physician at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital outside Chicago, said he thinks the reason he is seeing younger patients is because they are “more prone to start going back to socializing … as opposed to older people who are being more cautious.”
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