CDC Chief Warns of ‘Impending Doom’ as Covid Cases, Deaths Rise

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    The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pleaded with Americans to wear masks and stick with Covid-19 mitigation measures, warning of “impending doom” as cases, hospitalizations and deaths begin to rise again.

    Rochelle Walensky, speaking at a press briefing Monday, fought back tears as she outlined a series of warning signals and said she was frightened about a looming fourth wave of Covid cases.

    The seven-day average for new daily Covid-19 cases is now almost at 60,000, up 10% from the prior week. Hospitalizations are also up, to about 4,800 a day from 4,600 a week earlier. Deaths, a lagging indicator, have also started to rise again, she said.

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

    “What we’ve seen over the last week or so is a steady rise in cases, we’re now in the 60 to 70,000 range,” Walensky said. “When we see that uptick in cases what we’ve seen before is that things really have a tendency to surge and surge big.”

    She said the U.S. trajectory looks “similar” to that in the EU a few weeks ago, before spikes in cases took hold. She asked elected officials, faith leader and other influencers for help. “I’m calling on every single one of you to sound the alarm, to carry these messages into your communities,” she said.

    “We do not have the luxury of inaction. For the health of our country, we must work together now to prevent a fourth surge,” she said.

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