Long-term effects of COVID-19

Posted at 12:24 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 12:08:08-04

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States doubles around every two months, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the coronavirus' grip on the world is not easing anytime soon.

Officials say in addition to health, there are also social, economic and political concerns about the impact of the virus. President Trump says he does not trust the U.S. Postal Service with mail-in ballots this November.

"Great workers and everything, but old equipment," said President Trump. "And I don't think the Post Office is prepared for a thing like this."

The pandemic has some voters leery of being in crowded areas on Election Day and the Post Office disputes the President's claim saying it has "ways to help educate the public on what to expect."

On the education front, some students are back in the classroom despite the coronavirus.

"We want to send kids back to school, but we're in the middle of a pandemic that's getting worse and we're not doing anything to stop it," said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent.
"So this is just going to add fuel to the fire."

Health officials still say mask-wearing, hand-washing and maintaining distance will help battle the virus.

"Forget what your leaders are telling you, forget what anybody else is telling you, just the people do this, rise up, rise to the occasion," said Dr. Gupta. "Do this for three weeks and we'll be looking at the backside of this curve. How hard is that?"

President Trump's campaign team sent out an email signed by the President asking supporters to consider wearing masks. The email quotes Trump as saying facial coverings might "help us get back to our American way of life."