June 29, 2020 -- In its first press conference in nearly two months, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force acknowledged Friday that COVID-19 cases are rising again across the South, but stressed that the country was in a much better position to handle the increase than it was just a few months ago.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the task force, said the U.S. was in better shape to weather a new uptick in cases thanks to new therapeutics like the drugs remdesivir and dexamethasone, expanded hospital capacity, increased testing, and greater domestic production of personal protective equipment.

Members of the task force also issued a warning to younger adults, who make up the majority of the new infections.

“A risk for you is not just isolated to you. If you get infected, you are innocently or inadvertently responsible for propagating the pandemic,” said Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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