Virus Experts Warn How Bad It Could Get
The coronavirus pandemic won't end itself if we do nothing—at least not as quickly as you'd like it to, or without costing thousands of more lives. We have to end it together. That was the major message at yesterday's White House COVID press conference, where the head of the CDC and other experts made an appeal to Americans to help end this. How? Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was quite direct about that. Read on for five points from him and other experts that could save your life and get us back to "normal"—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.
Dr. Fauci Made This Appeal When Asked When We'd be Back to Normal
Dr. Fauci said that we'd approach some kind of normalcy by Spring 2022—however his "big caveat" was that more people will need to get vaccinated. "You really have to be careful when you ask for projected timelines, because the fact is the most prevailing issue involved here is that if we can get as many people vaccinated as we possibly can, as quickly and as efficiently, we can end this as a pandemic even sooner," said Dr. Fauci. "So rather than focus on the situation of getting a specific timeline, I would like to appeal to this country, to the people in the country who are not vaccinated, to realize that we have the capability among ourselves to essentially cut down the timeframe, to getting the end of this pandemic, very, very clearly by just [getting] vaccinated and the timeframe will be truncated dramatically."
Virus Expert Warns Deaths Will "Climb Even Higher"
"I think we're going to see death numbers climb even higher in the next couple weeks, but I'm hoping big outbreak states like Florida, Louisiana — they're at their peak and they may be coming down," Dr. Ashish Jha said on The News with Shepard Smith. "Let's hope so." "Last Friday, CDC reported 157,000 new cases of COVID-19. Our seven day average is about 137,000 cases per day. This represents an increase of nearly 12% from the prior seven day average," said the CDC Chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky. "The seven day average of hospital admissions is about 11,000 per day. Similar to the previous seven day period. And seven day average of daily deaths have also increased to 739 per day, an increase of 23% from the previous seven-day period as cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise. I want to re-emphasize the serious risk of COVID, especially to the unvaccinated and the importance of vaccines to prevent severe illness and save lives."
CDC Chief Said Here is Who is At Most Risk
"If you are not yet vaccinated, you are among those highest at risk," said Walensky. "The Delta variant … is highly transmissible, represents over 98% of COVID cases here in the United States and is driving up infections, hospitalizations, and deaths across the country. Please do not underestimate the risk of serious consequences of this virus. Vaccines are the best tool we have to take charge of this pandemic. We continue to see more and more data on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines authorized in the United States. And now we have FDA approval for one vaccine and extraordinary safety and effectiveness data for the others. If you are un-vaccinated and ready to revisit your decision to get vaccinated, or if you still have questions, talk to your physician or a trusted source to get the information you need to get vaccinated."
Virus Expert Says the Full Approval Will Help
The Pfizer vaccine got "full approval" from the FDA on Monday, leading some businesses, like Goldman Sachs, to mandate vaccines. "I think it's going to make a big difference, and look, I think there are some individuals who've been waiting for this full approval, and for them I think it will help," said Jha. "When you look at the unvaccinated, about two-thirds of them say that they would get the vaccine if there was a mandate, so I think you'll see a lot of those people jump off the fence and start getting vaccinated."
How to Stay Safe Out There
Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear an N95 face mask, 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, 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.
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