Published: Tue, March 30, 2021
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CDC Director Warns of 'Impending Doom' as Covid Cases Rise Across US

CDC Director Warns of 'Impending Doom' as Covid Cases Rise Across US

The CDC has previously said the B.1.1.7 variant will likely become dominant in the U.S. by the end of March or early April. "We have made progress, and we are moving towards personal responsibility and common sense, not endless government mandates".

He tried to impress upon the public that "this is deadly serious", and emphasized the CDC's message that this is not the time to let down our guard against the ravages of a virus that leaves almost 99 percent of those who get it alive. "People are letting up on precautions, which is a very bad thing".

"Please, this is not politics, reinstate the mandate if you let it down", he said.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a historic threat to the nation's public health", CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.

"We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are, and so much reason for hope", she said, noting that three effective vaccines against the virus are making their way into arms.

"Right now, I'm scared", added Dr. Walensky, "I know what it's like to stand in that patient room gowned, gloved, masked, shielded, and to be the last person to touch someone else's loved one".

"I'm going to lose the script, and I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom, ".

So far, the CDC has reported more than 8,300 cases of the variant in the USA - and the agency has previously said the number only represents cases that have been found with the help of genetic sequencing.

The U.S. has shipped 180 million vaccine doses, and 91.7 million people have received at least one shot, which represents 27.6% of the population, according to the latest CDC tally updated on Saturday. "I, too, want to be done with this", she said. On Thursday, the US set new single-day record for shots in arms: more than 3.2 million.

Another Biden adviser, Andy Slavitt, said Monday: "Hope is around the corner".

"I know that travel is up, and I just worry that we will see the surges that we saw over the summer and over the winter again".

"If you look from week to week, 1.1.7 becomes more of a percentage (of United States cases) and as the percentage goes up, that's a reflection that it has the capability to become dominant (in the country)", Dr. Anthony Fauci added during Friday's briefing. "And so I'm asking you to just hold on a little longer to get vaccinated when you can, so that all of those people that we all love was still be here when this pandemic ends".

The variant is more contagious and may likely be associated with more severe disease, Fauci has previously said.

"We are not powerless". She also cited an increase in travel as potentially fueling a rise in cases.

Biden worked hard to try to instill the same kind of fear of the virus as there was so many months ago, and to encourage people to get vaccinated.

The administration, instead, is developing guidelines for such passports, touching on privacy, accuracy and equity, but the White House has not said when those guidelines will be ready.

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