For the last several weeks, every indicator available to the general public seems to indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to lose steam.
This is thanks to a number of different factors, not the least of which being an influx of highly effective vaccines coming to market, and an incredibly complex effort being undertaken to get a vast swath of the nation vaccinated as quickly as possible.
But that’s not to say that everyone has a cheery and enthusiastic outlook on the situation. In fact, one American expert seems to believe that there is some big trouble still coming over the horizon.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky went off script at a briefing Monday and made an emotional plea to Americans not to let up on public health measures amid fears of a fourth wave.take our poll - story continues below
“I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Walensky said, appearing to hold back tears. “We do not have the luxury of inaction. For the health of our country, we must work together now to prevent a fourth surge.”
And that’s not all:
“The thing that’s different this time is we actually have it in our power to be done with this scale of vaccination and that will be so much slower if we have another surge to deal with as well,” Walensky said.
“I’m speaking today not necessarily as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer. I so badly want to be done. I know you all so badly want to be done. We are just almost there, but not quite yet.”
This is the first truly dire soundbite that we’ve heard from anyone even remotely “official” in some weeks, and certainly came as a surprise to many Americans who are watching the nation reopen before their very eyes.
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