The US should prepare for a Covid-19 surge this summer that could hit southern states the hardest, former Trump Administration pandemic response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told Face the Nation Sunday, as coronavirus infections gradually rise nationwide.

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Birx said coronavirus surges in other countries—including South Africa—tend to come every four to six months, suggesting that people’s natural immunity from prior Covid-19 infections may wane over that period.

Birx noted that about one year ago, the United States had a “mini” Covid-19 surge in April 2021, followed by a lull “where everybody thought it was over” and then another surge in August and September—a pattern that could repeat itself this year.

Covid-19 infections are picking up across the US, with the seven-day average of new cases rising by 122% over the past month to 56,166 per day in the last week, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures—though case counts are still well below their January peak, when the country reported an average of 805,814 cases per day.


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