Surgeon General Just Said Five Words Every American Should Hear

COVID-19 The number of infections has risen by 70% in recent weeks as parts of the country are once again shrouded in red. Less than 50% of the land is complete vaccinated, putting us all at risk. With that in mind, Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General, op General This week with host Martha Raddatz this morning to give a warning, and he said five words every American should hear. Read on for those words and five other life-saving points — and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss these Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.

Schoolchild wearing face mask

While it appears that children have stronger immunity to COVID, they can still get infected. They can still get sick and die. Some can get Lung COVID, a devastating disease. Those under the age of 12 are not yet allowed to receive the vaccine. They are unprotected and exposed. “I’m very concerned,” the doctor said. “We’ve made so much progress… The vast majority of people who are fully vaccinated have a high level of protection which also gives me some comfort. But what I’m concerned about is that we still have millions of people inside us.” country have not vaccinated that, we still have to protect our children under 12 years old, who don’t have a vaccine available to them… We’re not talking about enough for our children under 12. And I say that as a father, who has two children, ages four and three, and who has no vaccine available to them yet . Our children depend on us, the people around them who are being protected, vaccinated to keep them safe from the virus. And that’s why, again, it’s so important for us to get vaccinated.”

Arkansas flag flies high next to the State Capitol Building

Arkansas flag flies high next to the State Capitol Building

“I’m afraid what we’re starting to see more and more in states like Arkansas and Missouri and Nevada and my home state of Florida and Louisiana, these increases within the unvaccinated population, that we’re going to continue to see that unless we get a handle on this pandemic by getting more people vaccinated,” the doctor said.

a road sign still says Face Covering Required for coronavirus

a road sign still says Face Covering Required for coronavirus

Los Angeles just imposed a new mask mandate for people indoors, whether you’re vaccinated or not. “What we’re seeing in LA County is this increase in cases,” he said. “And unfortunately we are now seeing increases, especially among unvaccinated in many parts of the country, and especially considering the Delta variant, what the CDC did and its guidance from about nearly two months ago is now based on the science that says that your risk if you were fully vaccinated, they gave communities and individuals the flexibility to make decisions about what to do with masks now in areas where there are few vaccinated people or where the number of cases is increasing, it is very reasonable for counties to be more restrictive to take measures, such as the mask rules that you see appearing in LA, and I expect that will happen in other parts of the country as well.”

Young woman taking a vaccine from her doctor.

Young woman taking a vaccine from her doctor.

“The vaccines we have against COVID are very effective, over 90% effective in preventing symptomatic infection, but they are not one hundred percent perfect,” the doctor said. “There is no vaccine. And that means he will see some people with breakthrough cases, but there are two things to know. One is that those numbers will be small. Keep in mind, we have millions and millions of people in the United States. States. We actually have over 160 million people who are fully vaccinated right now. So you’re going to see a number and minority, a small minority of people who have breakthrough infections. But here’s the other thing to know is that when you are fully vaccinated: Even if you have a breakthrough infection, there is a much higher chance that that infection will be asymptomatic or mild, which is really good news that continues to tell us that these vaccines are very effective.

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Young man wearing two face masks.

Young man wearing two face masks.

Follow public health basics and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated as soon as possible; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear a face mask that fits well and is double layered, no travelling, social distancing, avoiding crowds, not going in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practicing good hand hygiene, and for the sake of your life and the lives of others, visit these not 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.