While the COVID-19 situation has improved since the late fall and early winter months, when surge-upon-surge of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths were occuring, we still aren’t at the finish line. During Friday’s White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asked the country to slow down and consider the specifics before doing something that could be detrimental to the health of the nation. Read on to find out what she is asking—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Walensky Said You Cannot Stop Wearing Your Mask
As some states—including Texas and Mississippi—are starting to ease COVID-19 restrictions, Dr. Walensky is begging the country not to abandon the fundamentals. She pointed to an article published today in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report “highlighting the critical importance of these prevention strategies to end the real risks when prevention measures are eased.”
“This study looked at the relationship between COVID-19 cases and deaths and both state issued mask mandates and restaurants resuming on premises dining from March to September of 2020,” she explained. “The researchers found that increases in both daily death rates and COVID cases and deaths slowed significantly within 20 days of putting mask mandates into place and protective effects of the mask mandates grew stronger over time.” However, in contrast, “increases in daily death rates of COVID-19 cases and death grew more quickly within 40 to 80 days following restaurants being allowed to resume on premises dining.”
“This report is a critical reminder that with the current levels of COVID-19 in communities and the continued spread of more transmissible virus variants, which have now been detected in 48 States, strictly following prevention measures remains essential for putting an end to this pandemic,” she pointed out. “It also serves as a warning about premature lifting these prevention measures.”
She concluded by offering some hope. “There is a light at the end of this tunnel, but we must be prepared for the fact that the road ahead may not be smooth,” she said, adding that it “is within our control by continuing to wear a mask and following CDC's public health recommendations while we get more people vaccinated. We can bring this pandemic to an end.”
How to Get Through This Pandemic Safely
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.