More people are getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but the pandemic is far from over. In fact, some parts of the country—including states like Michigan—might be experiencing their worst surges yet. During Friday’s White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), expressed her concern about the current state of the pandemic, issuing a warning to Americans. Read on for the 4 most important things you need to do—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss this urgent news: Here’s How You Can Catch COVID Even If You’re Vaccinated.
Infections, Hospitalizations, and Deaths Are on the Rise
Dr. Walensky started by revealing the latest statistics as of Thursday: 73,622 cases of COVID-19 with the seven day average up to 69,500—nearly 70,000 new cases per day. “I know case numbers may seem similar from day to day, but just four weeks ago our seven day average was only about 53,000 cases per day. In concert with the increase in cases, the seven day average of emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and hospitalizations are all approximately 5 to 8 percent higher than they were in the prior seven day period. And sadly average daily deaths have increased for the third day in a row to over 700 per day,” she stated.
People Are Getting Vaccinated
She also revealed that vaccination efforts are amping up. “We are also getting vaccines into arms as quickly and as equitably and safely as possible. I am proud of the progress we’ve made—more than one third of the US population has received at least one dose and more than one fifth of the population is fully vaccinated, but we must continue to get many more people vaccinated,” she stated.
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However, the Variant Is Rapidly Spreading
“The increasing trends in cases, hospitalizations and deaths are very concerning and they threaten the progress we’ve already made,” Walensky continued. “As I have discussed, some of these increases are as a result of relapsed prevention efforts in states across the country, such as relaxed mask mandates or loosened restrictions on indoor restaurant seating. Another reason for these increases is the continued spread of highly transmissible variants, more than 50 to 70% more transmissible, which makes the race to stop the transmission even more challenging and threatens to overwhelm our healthcare system.” She also pointed out that B.1.1.7 is quickly becoming the dominant strain, and currently represents 44% of the virus circulating during the week of March 27th. “The prevalence of B.1.1.7 since that time is certainly higher and we were expected to have new data soon,” she added.
Keep Doing Your Part
Therefore, it is just as important as ever to follow Dr. Anthony Fauci’s fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don’t travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.