The U.S. faces “impending doom” as the number of daily COVID-19 cases starts to rise again, threatening to place more people in the hospital even though there’s an increased rollout of nationwide vaccinations. This ominous warning came in a Monday statement from the Head of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Walensky, in an early CNBC report.
“When I began at CDC almost two months ago, I committed that: I would tell you the facts even if it was not the desired news we want to hear,” started Walensky during the press conference. “Now is one of those instances when I have to spread the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will pay attention.”
“I’m going to stop here, I’m going to let go of the script, and I’m going to talk about the continuing feeling I have of upcoming doom,” added Walensky. “We have a lot to look forward to, so much hope and the prospect of where we are and so much cause for dreaming, but right now I’m frightened.”
As of the numbers, the U.S. is witnessing an average of 63,239 additional COVID-19 cases daily — a rise of 16% since last week, based on the data gathered by Johns Hopkins University inspected by CNBC. Latest daily cases are rising by a minimum of 5% in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Hospitalizations from coronavirus infections are also on the rise— with the U.S. exhibiting a seven-day average of 4,116 admissions due to COVID-19 as of last Friday, which represents a 4.2% rise from the previous week, according to data from the CDC.
Walensky further requested people in the U.S. “hang in a little longer” and make sure to get the vaccine against the COVID-19 virus when your number arrives. The cause for added caution, she indicates, is that when cases rise as speedily as they have in the prior week, they usually “surge and surge big” right after. “I’m talking today not only as your CDC director and not necessarily as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, to beg you to please hold on a little while longer,” Walensky added.
Public health experts have alerted since late February that the number of infections might surge again — weirdly at a time when so many new variants of the COVID-19 vaccines are supposed to rapidly spread across the country — as they already have elsewhere. According to the CDC’s latest data, the one first recognized in the U.K. called B.1.1.7 has already surfaced in every state but Oklahoma. The agency is also very confused about a new variant identified in New York City called B.1.526, which is thought to show a higher propensity for transmission than earlier strains of the virus.
Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor at The White House, stated that the latest and harmful mutations aren’t the only reason for increasing coronavirus patients. Wide parts of the U.S. population are going through emotional, psychological, and physical fatigue from the previous year of calamity and isolation. And, rapidly reassured by the latest vaccines, a lot of people are traveling for spring break. Some state leaders are revoking restrictions like mask mandates — earlier on putting in place to minimize or prevent the pandemic’s spread in neighborhoods. Following are some symptoms that you might be facing loneliness in the time of Covid-19.
According to a press release from the U.S. directing roughly 2.7 million shots of COVID-19 vaccines daily, the President states we’ve had “significant progress” toward a goal of 200 million in his early 100 days in office in The White House. But since pandemic is not a real science (or policy, for that matter), it rests up to everyone to double-down on precautionary measures against the virus — and hope that the maximum population can also continue to observe vigilance in the face of the unequaled scale of the COVID-19 crisis.