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CDC Just Said You Could Catch COVID From These People

This group of people may be responsible for the surge of cases 
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A family walking holding hands wearing face masks in the middle of pandemic

As Americans continue to get vaccinated, the number of daily COVID-19 infections continues to rise. Who is driving this latest coronavirus surge? During Friday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed the answer. Read on to find out who you are most likely to catch COVID from—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

Many Cases are Due to "Younger Adults" Who Have Not Been Vaccinated

Dr. Walensky started off by revealing the latest statistics. On Thursday there were 74,860 new cases of COVID-19 with the seven day average of new cases a little more than 64,000 per day— up about 2 percent from the prior seven day period. Hospitalizations have also increased 7 percent from the previous 7-day average, while deaths have continued to decrease thanks to increased vaccination rates. "On the one hand, we have so much reason for optimism and hope and more Americans are being vaccinated and protected from COVID-19. On the other hand cases and emergency room visits are up," she explained. So why are cases continuing to increase? 

According to Dr. Walesnky, it is due to "increases in younger adults, most of whom have not yet been vaccinated." She pointed to data in Michigan and Minnesota demonstrating an increase of cases linked to the UK variant, B.1.1.7 in various settings. "In both of these States, there was concern about transmission with sports, both clubs, sports, as well as sports affiliated, and, in schools." In fact, she maintained that across the country, much of the spread seemed to be attributed to youth sports. "I want to be clear as cases increase in the community, we expect the cases identified in schools will also increase. This is not necessarily indicative of school-based transmission," she said, noting that "we have not yet seen evidence of significant transmission of COVID-19 within schools."

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How to Stay Safe Until the End of the Pandemic

So follow 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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