“When I go out, I just don’t meet with healthcare providers and governors and mayors, but I also meet with the community,” Birx said. “And so I hear community members parroting back those situations, parroting back that masks don’t work, parroting back that we should work toward herd immunity, parroting back that gatherings don’t result in super-spreading events. And I think our job is to constantly say those are myths.”

“And right now, across the Sun Belt, we have governors and mayors who have cases equivalent to what they had in the summertime, yet aren’t putting in the same policies and mitigations that they put in the summer, that they know changed the course of this pandemic across the South,” she added. “So it is frustrating because not only do we know what works, governors and mayors used those tools to stem the tide in the spring and the summer.”