In a White Home press convention Monday, Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated she felt a way of impending doom over the uptick in COVID-19 instances.
“We’ve got a lot to look ahead to, a lot promise and potential of the place we’re and a lot cause for hope. However proper now I’m scared,” she stated.
On Monday evening, Rachel Maddow requested Walensky to clarify her “impending doom” warning, significantly when so many individuals had been feeling renewed hope and optimism because of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout throughout the nation.
“I’m watching the instances tick up. I’m watching us have elevated numbers of hyper-transmissible variants. I’m watching our journey numbers tick up, and the sense is, I’ve seen what it appears wish to anticipate the oncoming surge,” Walensky stated. “And what I actually would hate to have occur is to have one other oncoming surge simply as we’re reaching in direction of getting so many extra individuals vaccinated. You already know, we’re nonetheless dropping individuals at 1,000 deaths a day. And so I simply can’t face one other surge when there’s a lot optimism proper at our fingertips.”
Walensky reported a ten% common enhance in COVID-19 instances nationwide over the previous week, in comparison with the identical prior interval. She stated deaths had additionally elevated by 2.6% and hospitalizations by 4.2%.
Walensky additionally famous that there have been many different negatives to the circulation of the virus past hospitalizations and deaths, together with well being issues linked to COVID-19 akin to cardiac challenges, melancholy and psychological well being points, renal failure, pulmonary issues and clotting.
“There’s rather a lot that we don’t perceive about this illness, and we shouldn’t need to have it circulating whether or not or not it results in mortality,” Walensky stated.
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