Garrett, who wrote the 1994 book â€œThe Coming Plague:Â Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance,â€ told MSNBCâ€™s Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell that â€œmost of Americaâ€ seems to have beenÂ â€œlulled into a kind of happy complacencyâ€ about the public health crisis that has now killed at least 115,000 people nationwide.
â€œNobody likes to be under lockdown. Iâ€™m sick and tired of it, right, we all are,â€ Garrett acknowledged. â€œBut, to have a president just sort of shrug it off and move on to the next topic, as if it was all over, merely is encouraging millions and millions of Americans to believe you can go back outside, you donâ€™t need the mask, you donâ€™t need the gloves and so on.â€
â€œAnd nothing could be further from the truth,â€ Garrett continued.
The number of infections have surged in the weeks since Memorial Day, as many states lifted restrictions and allowed businesses to reopen.
â€œWe are far from being out of the woods on this,â€ Garrett said.
She warned the virus could kill 250,000 in the U.S. by September if infections continue to spread at the same rate as they are now.
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