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Virus Expert Just Warned of Coming COVID Surge

“Obviously the number of cases and the fatalities, we've got to get that under control.”
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek
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Coronavirus cases are no longer dropping, they are plateauing, as we are in a race between the vaccines and the variants. That's why many experts say now is the time to double down on public health measures, not ignore them. Columbia University "National Center For Disaster Preparedness" Director, Dr. Irwin Redlener sounded the alarm on SiriusXM's Doctor Radio's  "Doctor Radio Reports" with host Dr. Marc Siegel, saying he is "mortified and disgusted" by Texas Governor Greg Abbott's decision to repeal the state's mask mandate and let businesses open 100%, saying this is "completely reckless." Read on for his full warning—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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The Expert Warned That Our COVID Numbers are Still "Horrible, Really Horrible"

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Redlener said while America's " trends are good," and infection numbers are on the decline, "the reality is not good. Just because we're not getting 4,200 fatalities in a day we're quote unquote "only getting 2,000 fatalities a day" that's still horrible, really horrible." Keep reading to see when things might get back to normal, in his opinion.

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The Expert Says We Need to Get Cases and Fatalities Under Control 

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"The challenges we're facing with the pandemic: Number one, obviously the number of cases and the fatalities, we've got to get that under control. Number two, the economy is been ravaged by the pandemic and what we've had to do to deal with it. And the economy though, there's a lot of different ways of addressing that including these really huge relief packages, which we're going to need a series of, but we can really help the economy not totally crash by what we do and what we appropriate funding wise." 

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The Expert Says We Might Have a Quasi-Normal Thanksgiving

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"Maybe, as I said this morning on Morning Joe that I'm uncharacteristically optimistic that maybe we'll have a quasi-normal Thanksgiving for 2021, which would be great, but the fly in the ointment here, and I'm sure other guests have said the same thing to you is that while the numbers are down, the trend lines look good, we are dealing with these lurking variants or mutations that really present a challenge. We don't know where this is going. If we look today, we have the variants that we've seen in the UK, Brazil, South Africa, and some new variants that we're seeing in the U.S. Today we don't have a lot of evidence that there's going to be complete resistance to the vaccine by these new variants or that they may be spreading more rapidly, which they are. There may be some higher lethality, especially with the South African variant, which I think it's true. And we do have some vaccine resistance, but not complete."

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The Expert Says Teachers Should Be Vaccinated Immediately

Redlener also shared why he believes that the school-reopening controversy continues in America and says teachers should be vaccinated immediately: "We should vaccinate teachers immediately," he says. "The CDC's position has been relatively lame on this. They said, when vaccine becomes available, we should vaccinate them" and that "the science shows that if they just follow the MPIs, the schools would be safe. Well the teachers don't feel that way. And whether it's completely scientific or not, whatever, if they feel more comfortable getting into the classrooms, the teachers, by being vaccinated, vaccinate them now, today, tomorrow because if they don't go to the class classrooms, neither will the children, and that's the disaster that I'm really most concerned about."

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How to Stay Safe During This Pandemic

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So follow the public health 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.