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Birx Warns of Second Wave Threat Should People Ignore Stay-at-home Orders

White House coronavirus coordinator said COVID-19 remains a major threat

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, said Wednesday that there are encouraging signs that parts of the U.S. may be flattening their curves, but she warned that people shouldn't start going out and socially interacting.

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on the TODAY show, Birx said that California and Washington state began social distancing very early and that their "curves" — the lines on graphs projecting the number of people who will contract COVID-19 over time — are "persistently flat, and that's very encouraging."

New York and New Jersey, meanwhile, had a "logarithmic rise in the number of new cases," she said.

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