Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, says he is worried that, unless there are policy changes, the growing numbers of new Covid-19 cases in the United States could get much bigger.
Ten states have seen their highest daily number of cases this week. Nearly two dozen states have seen spikes in cases compared to last week.
“I am worried that these are going to get worse and we may see more states joining that list,” Jha told CNN’s Don Lemon.
“Look, there are a few things we know that really do work, and I think unfortunately, in many parts of the country we’re not really implementing them, and that worries me.”
Jha said he is also worried for the people who will attend the rally President Donald Trump will hold in Tulsa on Saturday.
Cases in Oklahoma are up 110% from this time last week.
Holding an event indoors, not requiring masks, and having people close together for long periods of time could spread the infection to many.
“This is pretty much the least safe way to get people together and I’m really worried about what’s going to happen with this rally,” Jha said. “There are lots of ways of making it safer it doesn’t sound like the campaign is really going to work on doing that.”
Jha said it is possible that the country could see big spikes in the number of Covid-19 cases out of a rally like this, even if only a few people are infected.
“Things could get pretty bad, pretty quickly,” Jha said.