CDC Chief Just Said This State Should Shut Down

Leah Groth
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Over the last several weeks, health officials have been warning of a fourth COVID surge as a result of the more highly transmissible variants quickly spreading across the country. Now, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warns that one state is in such danger due to a surge of infection that they should promptly shut down. Read on to find out where—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise.

CDC Chief Says Michigan Should "Close Things Down" to Stop Spread

According to Dr. Walensky, Michigan, currently experiencing the worst surge in the nation, needs to close up. "The answer is not necessarily to give vaccine," the director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said at a White House news conference, contradicting the guidance of the state's Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is attempting to secure extra vaccine doses. "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."

Walensky explained that the reason why vaccines alone are not the answer, is that it would take weeks for full protection against the virus to kick in. Therefore, it would take several weeks for the surge to slow down after successful vaccination efforts.

"I think if we tried to vaccinate our way out of what is happening in Michigan we would be disappointed that it took so long for the vaccine to work, to actually have the impact," she said. "Similarly, we need that vaccine in other places. If we vaccinate today, we will have, you know, impact in six weeks, and we don't know where the next place is going to be that is going to surge."

Per the New York Times, Michigan is experiencing the highest infection rate increase in the country, with 7,000 cases being added daily—a sevenfold increase since late February. Experts attribute the surge to the B.1.1.7 variant.

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