COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing again as the Delta variant infects the unvaccinated and causes “breakthrough” cases among the vaccinated. Concerned for your life, the country’s surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, with… Anderson Cooper from CNN to discuss the things you need to do to protect yourself – and the unvaccinated children of our country. Read on – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
“Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CBS that because the Delta variant is so contagious. If you live in an area with a low vaccination rate and a high infection rate, and you are vulnerable, you should consider carrying N95 mass. Even if you have been vaccinated. Do you agree?” asked Cooper.
“Certainly, this Delta variant that we saw as the most transmissible version of COVID-19 we’ve seen so far,” the doctor said. “And it’s absolutely true that if you’re not vaccinated, you’re at a high risk right now and you need to take measures if you’re not vaccinated, such as masking, distancing yourself, avoiding indoor gatherings.”
“There have been several times when we have been fooled by COVID-19, when the cases went down and we thought we were clear and then the cases went up again,” said Dr. murthy. “It means we shouldn’t be wary until cases don’t just go down, but stay, and right now, cases are actually going up. Cases are rising, hospitalizations are rising, death rates are rising.”
“As disturbing as this news is, about this Delta variant and it’s spreading so quickly in different pockets in the United States, we can’t lose sight of the good news here, which is that in recent months, according to independent research , millions of people saved from hospitalization and hundreds of thousands of people from COVID-related deaths as a result of the vaccination efforts.” That said, he later added, “As COVID is spreading with this Delta variant, caution should be exercised as it is being transmitted at a much faster rate than other versions of COVID-19.”
“Half the country is vaccinated and I’m one of them,” Cooper said. “And I have a small child and I want to know: Do I have to wear a mask? Because a whole bunch of my fellow Americans choose not to get vaccinated. And if I get infected, am I going to pass it on to my child ?”
“I’m glad you asked and that you and I are in this together,” the doctor said. “I also have two small children. They are three and four. They are too young to be vaccinated, and I am also concerned about their health. So here’s how I feel about it. You know, I know that when you fully vaccinated, like you and me, our risk of both getting sick and passing it on to our children is low, but if you’re in an area where there’s a lot of infections, or you’re concerned about that risk of transmission, then is wearing a mask especially in indoor environments when going outside the right thing to do that is what i do because again i want to take every possible measure to protect my child even if the risk is low. Since I live in an area where a lot of viruses are transmitted, I want to be extra careful. And that’s what I do. And that’s what all parents can do, which is take that extra step.”
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