CDC Chief Says This is When COVID Might Be 'Under Control'
Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the country is ready for life to return to some kind of normal. However, while infections seem to be slowing down in many parts of the country, we are still far away from flattening the curve—and thousands more will likely die in the coming month. During a conference call with reporters on Friday, the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, explicitly detailed everything we need to do in order to combat the virus. Read on, and make sure you're safe, don't miss this essential list of the Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
He Said What Needs to Be Done to Slow the Spread
According to Dr. Redfield, in order to really see an improvement, at least 90% of Americans need to wear masks, social distance and wash hands regularly. "I think we're seeing progress over the last four weeks, I hope that progress will continue, but I think none of us should turn away from the recognition that it's key each of us recognize we want to make sure Covid stops with us," he said, according to CNBC.
He Said How Soon We Could Get the Pandemic 'Under Control'
If we all abide by the suggested fundamentals, we could have the virus controlled well before a vaccine is readily available. "It's in our hands, within our grasp," Redfield said. "But it is going to require all of us to embrace these mitigation steps. And we're going to need to do that four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks and then we will see this outbreak under control."
He Said Whether You Should Get the Flu Vaccine
Redfield is strongly urging parents to get their kids this year's flu shot, in order to not only protect them from any additional illness, but to help ease the burden on the healthcare system. As for yourself, get that vaccine, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.
He Said Whether Schools Should Reopen
Redfield, who has 11 grandchildren, is supportive in sending children back to school for in-person education. The head of the CDC has preciously warned of significant public health consequences—including a rise in adolescent drug use and suicide—if online school is the norm. He suggests schools following CDC guidelines, including removing and isolating anyone with a coronavirus infection, contact tracing and cleaning, social distancing, and mask wearing, in order to ensure the health of students and teachers.
"In order for schools to reopen and stay open, we have to have the confidence of teachers that it's safe for them to go back and do their job," Redfield said. "I always said I want to reopen these schools, because it's in the best public interest of K through 12 so as I mentioned, but it's got to be done safely and sensibly, it's got to be flexible and it's got to be done in concert with teachers and parents and students decisions having confidence in that reopening."
He Said Whether Teachers Should Be Considered 'Essential Workers'
Redfield doesn't agree with the White House's decision to deem teachers "essential workers," forcing them to work even if exposed to the virus. "I think they didn't need to be formally recognized as critical infrastructure workers, because in fact, I think we all know they are," he said. "I do think it's very important to have a well thought out, step-by-step approach to a single case versus whether there's multiple cases in the same classroom, whether there's multiple cases in multiple classrooms, and to work for the schools to then respond to those in a measured way."