CDC Issues Urgent Warning Over Coronavirus
With new variants of the coronavirus circulating in the US after originating in the UK and South Africa, there is cause for concern: These variants may not be more deadly, but they will spread faster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are concerned enough to have just issued a warning. "New virus variants that are more easily spread could lead to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases," says the CDC. "NOW" - the capitalization is theirs - "more than ever it is important to slow the spread." "I want to stress that we are deeply concerned that this strain is more communicable and that it may accelerate outbreaks in the US in the coming weeks," said Dr. Jay Butler, CDC associate director, infectious diseases. "We are sounding the alarm and urging people to realize that the pandemic is not over and that it is in no way time to throw in the towel." Read on to see how to stay safe and to ensure your health and the health of others are not to be missed these safe signs you've already had with coronavirus.
The new COVID variant is dangerous due to its "increased portability".
The CDC report states: "The increased portability of variant B.1.1.7 ensures universal and improved compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. A higher vaccination rate may need to be achieved to protect the public."
"We know what works and what to do," said Butler. He was referring to the public health actions that you have no doubt heard of - but now more than ever they must follow.
"These variants seem to spread more easily and faster than other variants, which can lead to more cases of COVID-19. There is currently no evidence that these variants cause a more severe illness or an increased risk of death. The number of cases is draining resources the health care system, leading to more hospitalizations and potentially more deaths, "says the agency. "Strict and enhanced compliance with public health containment strategies such as vaccination, physical distancing, mask use, hand hygiene, and isolation and quarantine will be critical to limiting the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and protecting public health . "
Or, in the words of the study, "Together, improved genomic surveillance is combined with continued compliance with effective public health measures, including vaccination, physical distancing, use of masks, hand hygiene, and isolation and quarantine, to limit the spread of of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), "the report said. "Strategic testing of people with no symptoms but at higher risk of infection, such as people who are exposed to SARS-CoV-2 or who often have inevitable contact with the public, provide another way to limit the continued spread."
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How to survive this pandemic
Follow the basics from Dr. Anthony Fauci and help end this boom no matter where you live - wear a face mask, social distancing, avoid large crowds, do not go inside with people you have no protection with (especially in bars) , practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it is available to you, and do not visit any of these 35 places that are most likely to catch COVID to protect your life and the lives of others.
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