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The CDC Director Just Issued This Dire Warning About Fall

The United States could experience “the worst of times” due to coronavirus, unless we band together.

Over the winter and spring, as COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the country, health experts hoped that like the cold and flu, the highly infectious and potentially deadly virus would be seasonal. However, early on in the summer it became clear that coronavirus could do just as damage in the heat as it could in the colder months. Now, officials are bracing themselves for fall, where the virus will once again coincide with cold and flu season. And, according to the top federal health official in the country, the head of the CDC, this could be the most devastating fall season in US public health history. 

He's Asking Us for Four Things

In an interview with WebMD, Dr. Robert Redfield, warned that the virus, responsible for over 5 million infections and 166,000 deaths in the United States alone, will go from bad to worse if people refuse to do their part in slowing the spread. 

"For your country right now and for the war that we're in against Covid, I'm asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds," he ordered. "I'm not asking some of America to do it. We all gotta do it."

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Redfield estimates that in order to flatten the curve, 95% to 99% would have to comply with the simple yet effective measures. If we don't, we will continue breaking records—and not the good kind. On Wednesday the United States experienced the largest number of deaths due to the virus since May, with nearly 1,500 people dying in a single day. 

This could be "the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we've ever had," Dr. Redfield warned. "It's dependent on how the American people choose to respond. It's really the worst of times or the best of times, depending on the American public." 

He does, however, claims that he is "optimistic" that the public will do the right thing. 

Get Your Flu Shot

In addition to following the measure recommended by himself and the CDC, there is one more thing you can do to protect yourself: get the flu shot. 

"By getting vaccinated, you can protect your children," he said. "When we look at the mortality that we see with flu, one thing is for certain. The kids that get vaccinated, they basically get protected against death."

The CDC is so confident that the flu shot will be impactful that they bought 10 million doses for uninsured adults — a huge increase compared to the usual 500,000 set aside for them. 

"Please don't leave this important accomplishment of American medicine on the shelf," he begged. "This is a year that I'm asking people to really think deep down about getting the flu vaccine." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.

Leah Groth
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