According to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the U.S. faces “impending doom” as COVID-19 cases begin to rise again. The uptick in cases could be due to new variants of the virus spreading, as well as states easing up on restrictions.
Is the U.S. getting too comfortable with the easier restrictions, and will it lead to another deadly wave of COVID?
Currently, the U.S has a weekly average of 63,238 new cases per day. The rate of death has remained around 1,000 per day over the past few weeks.
The new CDC Director Walensky stated: “When I first started at CDC about two months ago I made a promise to you: I would tell you the truth even if it was not the news we wanted to hear. Now is one of those times when I have to share the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will listen.”
Hospitalizations are on the rise as well. Walenksy is urging Americans to “just hold on a little longer.” She urges everyone to get a vaccine when they are eligible. In addition, everyone should continue to mask up and social distance.
CDC data show that more than one-third of all Americans 65 and older have received at least one shot.
In light of the potential new surge, President Biden has urged states to reinstate mask mandates and warned states against “letting up on precautions.”
“Herd immunity” is not officially reached until 70 to 90 percent of the population are immune, and then the spread of a virus will begin to slow.