CDC Director Describes Feeling of ‘Impending Doom’ as She Urges Covid-19 Precautions

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she has a feeling of “impending doom” with Covid-19 cases rising recently in the U.S., as Biden administration officials urged Americans to continue taking precautions against the virus.

CDC chief Rochelle Walensky said Monday that the most recent data shows the seven-day average growing to about 60,000 cases a day, which she said was a 10% increase compared with the prior seven-day period. She said hospitalizations were up to 4,800 admissions in the seven-day average, compared with 4,600 admissions in the prior seven-day average.

The U.S. reported 507 deaths for Sunday, down from a day-earlier 741 but up from 447 a week earlier. The numbers of reported new cases and deaths tend to be lower toward the beginning of the week.

“I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Dr. Walensky said. “We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope, so right now I’m scared.”

Dr. Walensky said she wanted Americans to continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines to change the trajectory of the pandemic. “I’m speaking today not necessarily as your CDC director…but as a wife, as a mother, as a doctor, to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer,” she said. “I so badly want to be done, I know you all so badly want to be done, we’re just almost there, but not quite yet.”

Source: WSJ – US News

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