Coronavirus cases are surging across the U.S., prompting many state and local leaders to impose new restrictions. But some experts say these efforts may be too little, too late — like a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.

The virus is spreading unchecked through communities in nearly every state, and new cases topped 150,000 for the first time on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. is expected to continue breaking records as temperatures drop, bringing people into closer quarters indoors.

“It’s a very daunting problem, to control the numbers of cases that we’re seeing right now with these kinds of minor efforts,” said Andrew Pekosz, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins University.

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