Surgeon General Just Issued This COVID Warning
When Fox News reports that coronavirus cases are going up, ears from both sides of the aisle get pricked. The network did just that Sunday morning. "COVID cases are up 11% over the last two weeks, and you can see this spike across the country," said Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. "The virus is on the rise in 26 states from California to Maine——in some states increases of more than 50%. And the CDC says 68%, two thirds of us counties now have 'high community transmission' as the weather gets colder and people spend more time indoors. What are the chances that we're going to see another winter surge?" There to answer the question was Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Read on for his 5 life-saving pieces of advice—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.
Surgeon General Warned There May be an "Uptick" of Cases so Get Vaccinated/Boosted if Eligible
"The good news is that we are certainly well down from the peaks that we had during the Delta wave earlier this year in the late summer," said Dr. Murthy. "But as winter does approach, people do go indoors and the virus has also better able to transmit in cold dry air. So we know that increases the possibility that there will be spread. A couple of things that are critical though, for people to keep in mind," he said. "Number one is if you are vaccinated, your chances of both getting sick and transmitting the virus to someone else are much, much lower. So this makes it all the more important as winter approaches to get vaccinated. And second, if you are eligible to get a booster shot, it's especially helpful. If you go ahead and do that now as winter approaches again, and as people get prepared for the holidays. So we should be prepared for the fact that there may be an uptick in cases that we see in various parts of the country with cold weather. But what has held true for the last year is still true, which is that vaccines still give you a high degree of protection, especially against the worst outcomes of COVID like hospitalization and death."
Surgeon General Said Vaccine Mandates Work
Dr. Murthy fears that the stalling o0ut of vaccine mandates for companies with 100 or more employees—which is currently being challenged in court—"would be a setback for public health. What we know very clearly is that when people get vaccinated and the more people who get vaccinated the quicker, we're able to bring this pandemic to an end, the more lives we can ultimately save. And that's my primary concern as a doctor and as a public health expert is how do we end this pandemic as quickly as possible and save lives in the process? Of course, what's really important that people understand about these are requirements in the workplace are a few things. Number one, they are not new. We've had a requirements and various settings in our countries since the founding of the United States of America, including in schools since the 18 hundreds workplaces like hospitals, uh, I've had requirements for vaccines for years. The military has had such requirements, but we also know Chris that they work remarkably well, even with COVID-19, we've seen a 20% bump on average in vaccination rates with organizations that put requirements in place and many already have, keep in mind, many businesses are not waiting for the federal mandate. In fact, a third of fortune, 100 companies have already put requirements in place and millions of people have gotten vaccinated it as a result. What's, what's really at the heart of this rule. Vaccine requirements strategy is to create safer workplaces for workers, for customers, and to increase vaccination over rates overall, because that's ultimately how we're going to end this pandemic. And that's our collective shared goal as a country."
Surgeon General Said the Danger is the Virus, More Than Fallout From Mandates
Some police officers are quitting over mandates, and the Oklahoma National Guard is against mandates. "Everyone's point of view matters," said Murthy. "And for those who are concerned about the vaccine requirements, I think it's important for them to have their questions answered their concerns heard, but if we're concerned about the safety of the workforce, the single biggest threat to our workforce in hospitals, our police force and other workforces has been COVID itself. The number of bee workers who've gotten sick, we've been quarantined and off the job as a result, we've lost their lives. It's extraordinary and really heartbreaking during this pandemic. So we want to protect our workers. These vaccine requirements will ultimately help us to advance that cause to the greatest extent that we know we need to."
Surgeon General Said Your Personal Freedom is Important But You Don't Live in This Country Alone
"I think that principle of freedom when it comes to health is a very important one. Freedom is an important value that brought my family to this country as immigrants years ago. And it was brought so many immigrant families to this nation. It's extraordinarily important, but keep in mind, we are a community of 300 million people. We are not solo individuals entirely on our own and in any community, sometimes our decisions do affect other people. It's why we have speed limits on highways because we know our decision about how fast we drive affects the safety of others. When it comes to getting vaccinated, we know that people who are unvaccinated are at higher risk of getting sick and spreading it to others, which is why in many settings courts, we have made the decision as a community to require vaccines in schools, for example, all across our country and in certain workplace settings. That's why these are so important here, too. So while freedom is absolutely important, we also have a collective responsibility to one another when our decisions impact the health and wellbeing of others."
Surgeon General Said Get Boosted
California, Colorado, and New Mexico have said that everyone over 18 can get their booster. The formal recommendation from the CDC is that only certain groups get theirs now. "I certainly understand why these states are doing that," said Murthy. "They're looking at what's happening in their own states that they're seeing cases go up and they want to have broad protection for the entire state. And I get that. What people should know though, is that the FDA has already made millions of people eligible for booster shots, people who are above 65 who have other illnesses that put them at higher risk and who are at higher risk for exposure based on where they live or work, millions of people are eligible who have not yet gotten their booster shot. And we want to focus on that, but people should also know though, is that the FDA is considering broadening that eligible eligibility after a request from Pfizer to do so. But what they're going to do is take a close look at their data. They want to make a, you know, out, especially shore that the booster shots are both safe and effective for the populations that are not currently eligible. And once they determined that, then they will make a recommendation there. But the bottom line is millions of people can get boosted right now. We want them to get boosted because that will both extend and enhance the protection that they've already been getting from the vaccines." So get boosted/vaccinated, 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.