Virus Experts Say This State Should Shut Down Now
Experts have been warning for several months that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and that a fourth surge was not only likely, but inevitable. Now, this predicted spike of cases is a reality in one part of the country, and according to one top virus expert, this state needs to consider shutting down to save lives—while another warns it may happen in your state, too. Read on to find out what state should shut down per the expert—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.
Michigan Should "Shut Down" Says Virus Expert
Darren P. Mareiniss, MD, FACEP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Sidney Kimmel Medical College – Thomas Jefferson University, agrees with Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who yesterday recommended that the state of Michigan consider a shut down in response to their surge of COVID infections versus amp up vaccination, as recommended by the state's Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
"I agree with the CDC director," he tells Eat This, Not That! Health. "Michigan is in the middle of an evolving crisis. The infection rates are simply too high. There is really risk of overwhelming the state's healthcare resources. Voluntary mitigation is not working."
As a result, Dr. Mareiniss believes that the governor should ban indoor dining and other high risk activities immediately. Read on for what this means when it comes to a potential surge in your state.
The CDC Chief Also Says Michigan Needs to "Flatten The Curve" With Shutdown
The Michigan Governor has asked that the White House send more vaccine their way. "The answer is not necessarily to give vaccine," Dr. Walensky said at a White House news conference on Monday. "The answer to that is to really close things down, to go back to our basics, to go back to where we were last spring, last summer, and to shut things down, to flatten the curve, to decrease contact with one another, to test to the extent that we have available to contact trace."
Another Virus Expert Says That Michigan Should Serve as a Warning
Michael Osterholm, the noted epidemiologist, Regents Professor, and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, says Michigan should serve as a warning for us all. "These variants have been game-changers. And in particular, right now on an international stage, understand we are entering the darkest days," Osterholm said Thursday on his podcast. "Those that don't want to believe it, that's your problem. If you go look at the numbers, it's painful to see what's happening globally." He added: "We're not driving this tiger, we're riding it."
There are "Worrisome Increases" in Other Parts of America, Too
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that while the South is doing relatively well in terms of low infection rates, the Upper Midwest and Northeast are experiencing troubling numbers, with Michigan faring the worst surge of all and the most drastic increase in both cases and hospitalization. Illinois and Minnesota are also experiencing "worrisome increases."
How to Stay Safe No Matter Where You Live
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.