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CDC Message to All Americans: Do This Now

If we all do this, the pandemic will end sooner rather than later.

After several tumultuous months of the COVID-19 pandemic, defined by surge-upon-surge of infection, hospitalization rates, and deaths, the curves are starting to flatten thanks to the COVID-19 vaccines being administered around the world. However, there is still a battle to be fought. During Friday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explained that while the numbers may have dropped slightly, they are still high—likely due to the introduction of the new, more highly transmissible variants. She also begged the country to do their part in ending the pandemic once and for all. Read on to find out what she wants you to do—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

Dr. Walensky Begs You Double Down on Protective Measures

After providing statistics demonstrating the still high-numbers, with the most recent seven day average hovering around 62,000 per day and deaths around 2000, she pointed out that "the current numbers remain concerning cases and deaths are still too high and have now plateaued for more than a week at levels we saw during the late summer surge."

This is why it isn't time to celebrate, and instead, keep focusing on how we can stop the spread. "I'm asking you to double down on our prevention measures," she pleaded. "I know the idea of relaxing mask wearing and getting back to everyday activities is appealing, but we're not there yet."

She also warned what will happen if we don't continue walking-the-walk. "We have seen this movie before when prevention measures, like mask mandates are rolled back," she pointed out, mentioning a new CDC study. Cases go up." 

However, there is hope if everyone does their part. "There is a light at the end of this tunnel," she confirmed. "But we must be prepared for the fact that the road ahead may not be smooth. And that is within our control by continuing to wear a mask and following CDCs public health recommendations while we get more people vaccinated, we can bring this pandemic to an end." 

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

So follow 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 visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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