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CDC Chief Just Warned of "Extraordinary" COVID Spread

This is why infections are surging across the country.
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Rochelle Walensky

Every day millions of Americans are getting vaccinated against COVID-19. However, the country is still in the midst of one of the biggest surges thus far in the pandemic. On Monday during the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), described the current spread as "extraordinary," revealing why the numbers are drastically increasing despite increased vaccination efforts. Read on to hear what she had to say—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.

Dr. Walensky Said Deaths are Going Up

Dr. Walensky started off by going over the latest CDC statistics, revealing that the current seven day average is up to over 67,440 per day. "For context, one month ago, our seven day average of cases was just over 53,000 per day," she pointed out. "The seven day average of hospital admissions is about 5,460. And sadly, the seven-day average of daily deaths are now increasing with six consecutive days of increases to about 695 deaths per day. Sunday, we again saw almost 700 deaths in a single day." However, "in good news" 209 million vaccine doses have been administered with an average daily administration of more than 3 million doses. "This brings us to 192.8 million doses in the first 100 days, 96% of our goal in 88 days. This means that almost 40% of the total population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine," she said.  

But despite the vaccination efforts, due to "an interplay between how many people are vaccinated and how much disease is out there," the numbers are surging. "While we're making extraordinary strides in the number of people vaccinated, we still have an extraordinary amount of disease out there," she stated. "And so I think that interplay is one we really need to consider here." 

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Dr. Walensky Said the Vaccines "Work" But They Do Take Time, So Use Precautions

And, while she is confident that the vaccines are effective and the recommended fundamentals—including hand washing, social distancing, and mask wearing—work, people aren't giving the cocktail of the two enough time to work. "We know these vaccines work extraordinarily well as prevention interventions. However they take some time to kick in, somewhere in the two to six week mark. And so if we have a lot of circulating virus today, the vaccines will work in a month, but they may not work today," she continued. "So we need to continue to keep the prevention measures up to prevent ongoing cases." So do so, and 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.