See the United States COVID-19 cases are rising for the first time since January. Less than 50% of the land is complete vaccinated. And the Delta variant turns out to be “more portable”. With these harrowing statistics, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on CNNs State of the Union today to talk to host Dana Bash about the threat. Read on for five life-saving pieces of advice – and to protect your health and that of others, don’t miss it Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
“I’m concerned about what’s to come as we’re seeing more and more cases, especially among the unvaccinated,” said Dr. murthy. “And while if you are vaccinated you are very well protected from hospitalization and death, unfortunately that is not true if you are not vaccinated. We are currently seeing 99.5% of deaths from COVID-19 in our country And that’s why it’s so important that we take all possible steps to make sure people have the information they need about the vaccine to make sure they have access to the vaccine and get them back on track as soon as possible It is our fastest and most effective way out of this pandemic.”
“What’s causing the rise of infections is actually the Delta variant,” said Dr. murthy. “This is the most transmissible strain of COVID-19 that we’ve seen so far. And it’s spreading fast in the United States, just like in the United Kingdom and also in other countries, including India. So that’s what’s the driving force behind the situation we now see on the ground.”
“It depends on my attitude,” he said. “I have two kids at home. They haven’t been vaccinated because they’re too young to qualify for a vaccine. So if I’m in an area where I think there’s a lot of people who aren’t vaccinated out of a lot of caution, I will wear my mask indoors I don’t wear my mask when I’m outside And if I’m in an environment where I’m with people who are fully vaccinated and don’t wear a mask either, and that’s my personal choice based on my individual conditions at home. And based on the fact that I spend a fair amount of time in parts of the country where there is a significant amount of virus circulating. But each of us will make our own decision here based on our risk tolerance, based on our home conditions, based on what’s happening in our neighborhood in our province.”
The rising number of ‘breakthrough infections’ – getting COVID, even after vaccination – led Bash to question whether we should be living our lives differently than usual. “The good news is that not only is the vaccine very effective in preventing serious infections such as hospitalizations and deaths, but even if you have a breakthrough infection, which again occurs in a very small minority, it is likely to be a mild or asymptomatic infection. , given that the vaccines not only prevent infection but also reduce the severity of breakthrough infections,” the doctor said. “I hope people will feel reassured by that. But that said, if you’re in a community where a lot of viruses are spread, some people may choose to be more careful about how they use masks or in terms of their appointments.” And that’s fine to do, we have to realize that we’re coming back to… normal, to what life was like before the pandemic, will be a process. We don’t all progress at the same pace in terms of comfort by going back to how things were, whether it’s changing our masking practices or rejoining group settings. So it will take time.”
Listen to sources you can trust, such as your own doctor, not the media or a Facebook post. “We saw misinformation flowing around COVID-19 from the start and we’ve raised that concern with these companies,” the doctor said of his concern about spreading misinformation on social media. He was then asked about media outlets. “I think all of us, including the media, including individuals, health professionals, have a responsibility to share the truth about health, as science dictates.” With that in mind, help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.