Rochelle Walensky, the director of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Management said that the next 3 months would be pivotal in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though there is an effective rollout of vaccines throughout the country, the rates of death and new infections are also getting to rise after a relieving pause. Besides, the threat of more contagious variants is still existing to complicate the efforts to immunize the citizens.
Pivotal 3 Months Are Ahead In The Battle
Walensky said that currently the cases are leveling off but at the same time there is a great chance of resurging. The measures to stop the pandemic have also been ignored. The fatigue resulting from the pandemic is winning over their stamina to get rid of it.
She said that within 3-4 months it is possible to immunize the country in full in case everything goes well. But the rise of figures indicates that the goal is far away to achieve.
It was last week Walensky reported that after weeks of a significant reduction in COVID figures, the current rates are now started to get worse. There has been a rise of 3.5% in the 7-day average of deaths related to the pandemic, which is above 2,000 in a day. This shows an expansion of 2.2% from the previous numbers.
When states and cities of the country have seen a slight reduction in average rates of deaths and new cases of COVID-19, many leaders have started to lift the restrictions, including the removal of the mask mandate and increasing the business capacity.
Andy Slavit, the White House senior advisor for the COVID-19 response, said that there had been a constant conversation with the states, and in every state, there are plenty of people and health experts who think it is not the right time to evade mask mandates.
President Joe Biden also responded to the new trend in lifting COVID-19 rules.
He said that it was a big mistake of the states to loosen the restrictions. He added that masks make a difference and described the act as neanderthal thinking and it is critical to follow the science.
Despite the states have begun to loosen the rules, Walensky encouraged the public to keep going on with the measures of masking, social distancing, proper hygiene, and washing hands.
She said that as individuals and communities, it is still possible to take the right actions to public health, regardless if it is mandated or not.
A Program, called Vaccine Community Connectors has been administered in the country under president Biden’s administration. This is a part of the efforts to ramp up the initiatives in vaccination. In which help from the private sector is also involved and around 15 major health insurance providers of the country have announced their initiative of a pilot program to immunize 2 million of the most vulnerable seniors as quickly as possible.
In this program, the authorities also included a session of phone calls to the vaccinated seniors. They will be asked questions regarding the vaccines, scheduled appointments, and transportation to the sites.