Coronavirus outbreaks in the South and West still pose a risk for more spread even in the states steadily mitigating cases, NIAID director Anthony Fauci stressed at a White House coronavirus task force press briefing on Friday.

Why it matters: This week, California, Florida and Texas have all seen more than 5,000 new cases each day, a first for any state other than New York since the pandemic was declared.

What he's saying: Ultimately, the younger populations socializing in large, public groups have an individual and societal responsibility to stop the spread.

  • If you get infected, you are innocently or inadvertently propagating the dynamic process of a pandemic, because the chances are that if you get infected, that you’re going to infect someone else, Fauci said during the briefing.
  • "Although you may feel well and because we know, if you look at the numbers, that you're probably here later on, the overwhelming majority now of people getting infected are young people."
  • "[T]he thing that you really need to realize, that when you do that, you are part of a process."

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People in their 20s accounted for more than 20% of all COVID-19 cases between June and August, analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, bringing the median age of coronavirus patients to 37, down from 46 in the spring.

Why it matters: Young people are less vulnerable to serious illness, but they contributed to community spread over the summer, the analysis says — meaning they likely infected older, higher-risk people, especially in the South.

Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Texas added a backlog of cases on Sept. 22, removing that from the 7-day average Texas' cases increased 28.3%; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise/Axios

The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week.

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Cuomo: New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Thursday that the state will move forward with its own review process of coronavirus vaccines even if the Food and Drug Administration approves one or more for distribution and public use.

Why it matters: The motion could sow further public doubt that the federal government could release a vaccine based on political motives rather than safety and efficacy.