'There's not going to be a post-COVID world for a long time,' infectious disease expert says

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(CNN) - States need to figure how to protect people from COVID-19 while still continuing to reopen economically, Dr. Colleen Kraft, associate chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital, said on CNN today.

Kraft said she doesn't think the US "can survive another shelter-in-place economically" when asked about the uptick in new coronavirus cases in places like Florida.

"Now we've got to figure out how can we protect people at the same time they're going about their daily lives," Kraft said. "We have to focus on living with COVID. There's not going to be a post-COVID world for a long time."

Kraft urged people to wear masks and carry hand sanitizers in an effort to reduce transmissions, despite claims from President Trump that the virus "is dying out."

"Please understand that you have within your abilities to make a difference and diminish transmission. Wearing a mask or not wearing a mask shouldn't be how you're going to vote in the upcoming election. It's really about protecting yourself from an infection," she said.

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