Saturday, 31 July, 2021


Biden, CDC director warn of virus rebound if nation lets up

Dr. Rochelle Walensky the CDC's director said Monday that she is CDC extends national eviction moratorium through June
Melba Vasquez | 30 March, 2021, 01:23

According to the CDC, the number of COVID-19 cases reported is on the rise, to approximately 60,000 new cases each day, a 10 percent increase from a week ago.

Public health officials have expressed concerns over the trajectory of the pandemic in the state even as vaccinations continue. I would just worry that we will see the surges that we saw in the summer and the winter again.

Dr. Walensky also got slightly emotional when talking about the conditions that physicians are dealing with right now when it comes to COVID-19.

Walensky said that she was concerned that the country could follow in the steps of some across the ocean in Europe, where some countries have contended with new surges of COVID-19 cases after reopening too much of the economy too quickly. And more than 50 million Americans - almost one in five adults - are fully vaccinated.

Dr. Walensky on Monday described "a feeling of nausea" she would experience previous year when, as a doctor at a Boston hospital, she saw the corpses of Covid-19 patients piled up, overflowing from the morgue; and when she stood, "gowned and shielded", as the last one in a patient's room before they died alone, without family.

"As Governor Ivey has previously stated, Alabama's mask mandate ends April 9", Maiola said.

"Hang in there", said infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci.

He said officials are anxious that "it would discourage people" from getting vaccinated if the federal government was involved. Recent research suggests the variant may also be associated with a higher risk of dying from Covid-19. "We really need to hold on to the public health measures as we get more and more people-from two to three-plus million people-vaccinated every day".

The officials discouraged nonessential travel and encouraged continued mask-wearing and keeping socially distant to stop the spread of the virus and its risky variants. White House Covid-19 Data Director Dr. Cyrus Shahpar said Friday the seven-day average of vaccine doses administered was 2.62 million a day.

Biden, who has been vaccinated, has been returning to his home state of DE or to the presidential retreat Camp David on weekends in addition to visiting other states for business trips during his first two months in office.

The Biden administration was now reviewing the issue and would make recommendations, Psaki told reporters, adding, "We believe it will be driven by the private sector".

That challenge could arise over the next four to six weeks, Lori Tremmel Freeman, CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, told CNN last week.

Gov. Kay Ivey does not plan to change her mind about ending Alabama's mask mandate, Press Secretary Gina Maiola said today, a statement that came in response to President Joe Biden's call for states to keep or reinstate mask orders.

To combat disinformation and hesitancy, state leaders across the country have announced partnerships with local organizations and churches and have visited vaccination sites to get the message across: the vaccines are the way out.

At the time, she said, there were so many unknowns about the virus. "Vaccines in arms is how we beat this thing".

Vaccine manufacturers are on track to meet their targets, Slavitt said, and Johnson & Johnson will soon deliver 11 million doses.

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