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Surgeon General Just Warned "This Pandemic Isn't Over"

“I worry that we are seeing significant increases among the unvaccinated.”
FACT CHECKED BY Emilia Paluszek

COVID-19 infections have risen 70% in the last few weeks, as areas of the country are again covered in red. Less than 50% of the country is fully vaccinated, putting us all in danger. With that in mind, Dr. Vivek Murthy, the US Surgeon General, appeared on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace this morning to issue a warning. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.

Surgeon General Said He Was "Concerned": "This Pandemic Isn't Over"

"I'm concerned about what we're seeing in the country right now," said the doctor. "We are seeing increases in cases, particularly in parts of the country where the vaccination rates are low. The good news is that among those who are fully vaccinated, that's two weeks after your last shot, we're still seeing a high degree of protection there, particularly from hospitalizations and deaths. In fact, 99.5% of the deaths that we're seeing right now from COVID-19 are among those who are unvaccinated. So I worry that we are seeing significant increases among the unvaccinated." what would he say to the governors in those states? The same as he'd say to everyone: "This pandemic isn't over. We have to be cautious and we've got to do everything we can to get people vaccinated. That stands as the single most effective pathway. We have to keeping people safe, protecting their families and ending this pandemic."

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Surgeon General Says Mask Mandates May Make Sense Where the Virus Levels are High

Los Angeles County just issued a mask mandate for everyone—vaccinated or not. "I can tell you that what's happening in L.A. county is happening in other parts of the country where, when counties are seeing rising levels of cases, they're considering what additional mitigation measures to take, in addition, of course, to their efforts to get more people vaccinated and masking, that constitutes one of those mitigation measures," said the doctor. "And so I don't think what is happening to L.A. county is contrary to this. …even though we've got many people who were vaccinated, we still have many who are not. We have millions of people in our country who are still not protected from this virus. And that's why we've got to work hard to get them vaccinated."

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How to Stay Safe Out There

Follow the public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with low vaccination rates, 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, 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.

Alek Korab
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