January 10th – According to CNN, Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the congressional riots on the 6th would have “grave public health consequences”.
Redfield said in an interview on the 8th that the congressional riots were “a very sad day” and worried that Congressmen and law enforcement officials may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus environment due to the demonstrators’ incursion, causing the spread of the epidemic.
I think it is necessary to expect this (the Congressional riots) to become another surge in cases.” “A lot of people don’t wear masks, don’t observe social distancing and huddle together, all inside the Capitol,” he said.
Redfield said that these demonstrators are now driving, by train or plane back to the country, “so I think this is likely to lead to a serious spread.” Referring to the current pandemic in the United States, he noted:
“The increasing number of deaths in the United States will remain between 2,500 and 5,000, and January will be more severe, and the change may not be ushered in until sometime in February.”