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CDC Chief Just Issued This "Critical" COVID Warning

Cases and hospitalizations are increasing. 
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
Rochelle Walensky

Just days after sharing her message of "impending doom" earlier in the week, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued Americans a "critical" warning surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. During Wednesday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing she revealed that infections and hospitalizations continue to rise, pointing out that deaths could soon follow. Read on to learn about her fears—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

COVID Cases and Deaths are Rising

As usual, Dr. Walensky started off by going over the cold, hard facts. According to the most recent CDC data, the seven day average of new cases is slightly less than 62,000 cases per day—up almost 12 percent from the previous seven day period. Hospitalizations have also increased, with the latest seven day average of 4,900 per day compared to 4,600 in the precious period. And, deaths are still above 900 per day. 

"As I said on Monday, this is a critical moment in our fight against the pandemic," she said. "As we see increases in cases, we can't afford to let our guard down. We are so close. So very close to getting back to the everyday activities we all missed so much. But now we're not quite there yet."

In order to get there, she pointed out that people need to continue following the fundamentals. "We need to keep taking the mitigation measures, like wearing a mask and social distancing as we continue to get more and more Americans every single day."

She also revealed some stunning mortality figures. According to CDC data, there was an increase of deaths to the tune of 19 percent from 2019 to 2020. "The underlying cause of death after heart disease and cancer was approximately 378,000 COVID-19 deaths accounting for roughly 11% of all deaths in the United States," she explained, adding that older adults, males and ethnic and racial minority groups were the most impacted.  

"The data should start again as a catalyst for each of us, continue to do our part to drive down cases and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and get people vaccinated as quickly as possible," she said. 

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Dr. Walensky Says She Knows This is Not Easy but Please "Hang in There"

"I know this is not easy," she admitted. "And so many of us are frustrated with the disruption this pandemic has had on our everyday lives, but we can do this as a nation working together. There's reason to be hopeful because we now know so much more about this virus, how to stop its spread and we now have three historic safe and effective vaccines that we didn't have just four months ago." 

"Thank you for hanging in there with us for just a little bit longer and for doing your part to help others," she concluded. So follow Dr. Anthony 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.

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