There are "Warning Signs" of Coming COVID Surge, Says CDC Chief
After a roller coaster of a year with the COVID-19 pandemic, things seem to be turning around as more and more Americans line up to get vaccinated. However, it isn't time yet to let down your guard, warns Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Monday, Dr. Walnesky urged the country not to avoid certain warning signs that could signal a potential uptick of cases in the near future. Read on to hear what they are and what they could mean—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Good News? Cases Are on the Decline
Dr. Walensky started off by demonstrating how things have improved. "CDC's most recent data show cases continued to fluctuate somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 per day with the most recent seven day average, approximately 52,500 cases per day. The most recent seven day average of hospital admissions has also declined to just over 4,700 per day. We also continue to seek decline in deaths with the latest seven day average, just over 1,200 deaths per day," she said.
The Bad? We Aren't Done Yet
While "we have come a long way from where we were in early January," Dr. Walensky pointed out that "we still have much work to do"—especially because there are warning signs that things could turn around.
"In some parts of the country the weather has started to warm up and with the clocks changed this weekend, our days can seem a little bit more sunshine. And with the coming warmer weather, I know it's tempting to want to relax and to let our guard down, particularly after a hard winter that sadly saw the highest level of cases and deaths during the pandemic so far," she said.
There Was Record Travel Last Week
She also added that more people are traveling now since the start of the pandemic. "This past Friday, we saw more travelers pass through our airports —over 1.3 million. This is the most travelers that we've had in a single day since last March, before the WHO declared the global pandemic," she said.
Also, People Are Letting Down Their Guard
And, even worse, "we have seen footage of people enjoying spring break festivities maskless," she continued. "This is all in the context of still 50,000 cases per day.
And, Variants Are Becoming Dominant
What is "equally concerning" per Dr. Walensky, are the resurgences we are now seeing in some European countries, "countries that have had strikingly similar trends in surges during the pandemic as the United States, each of these countries has had nadirs like we are having now and each took an upward trend after the disregarded known mitigation strategies, they simply took their eye off the ball," she said.
These Are All Warning Signs
Dr. Walensky is "pleading" with Americans "for the sake of our nation's health," she said. "These should be warning signs for all of us. Cases climbed last spring, they climbed again in the summer. They will climb now, if we stop taking precautions."
Do Your Part
"Please follow our recommended public health prevention precautions, and be ready to get your vaccine when it is available to you," she begged. "We are just starting to turn the corner. The data are moving in the right direction, but where this goes is dependent on whether we all do what must be done to protect ourselves and others." So 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.