Well, this is going to ruffle some feathers. It looks like some people are going to blame Yankees for the spread of COVID-19 across the South.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the explosion of the virus about two weeks after the week of Memorial Day looks awfully suspicious.
In an interview, he said:
“If you look at the South, everything happened around June 12 to June 16. It all simultaneously kind of popped. We’re of the view that there was something else (other than state reopening plans) that was the driver. Maybe the Memorial Day, not weekend, but the Memorial Day week, where a lot of Northerners decided to go South for vacations.”
Redfield didn’t back up his theory with data, but he did comment on reopenings in general. He pointed out that the CDC provided specific guidance for states to reopen, but most states used their own judgment. Even so, he’s not convinced that reopening carries all the blame for the surge in cases across the South over the last four weeks and the recent upturn in deaths.
“We tried to give states guidance on how to reopen safely. I think the guidance we put out was really sound. I think if you look critically, few states actually followed that guidance, although I don’t think the reopening’s actually what’s driving the current Southern expansion right now.”
It’s not as if people in Texas, Florida, and other Southern states labeled as persona non grata by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo need another reason to think badly of the governor, but now the head of the CDC is giving them one anyway.