The US averages 100,000. has been more than covid Cases by the day for the past four weeks—no signs of slowing down—and more and more children are getting sick. How to prevent it, and how can you stay safe, when it seems like not enough people will ever get the vaccine? Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos To issue some seriously needed advice tomorrow—and a caveat. Read on for five key points—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss them Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
The Surgeon General called Delta “a tough enemy” who is “throwing curveballs”.
Murthy reminded us that “200 million people got at least one shot of the vaccine,” but added that “Delta is a tough enemy. It’s throwing curve balls at us and we have to be prepared to respond. And That’s why the president announced an ambitious and thoughtful plan…that aims to help us get through the next phase of this delta version…. We know these kinds of requirements really do work to improve our vaccination rates. For example, Tyson Foods, which recently completed a vaccine requirement, has seen its vaccination rate jump from 45% to over 70% in a short amount of time. And they’re still on their deadline. So this is the next step, in a series of steps, that should be taken to help protect our country from COVID-19 and help us get out of this pandemic.”
Murthy calls Delta ‘dangerous virus’
Murthy said: “What we have learned in the last 18 months is delta, the COVID virus, which is a dangerous virus. It makes our workplaces and our schools less safe than they are. So it is an appropriate action. We believe. And it’s certainly from a public health point of view, most importantly, it will help keep workers safe and that will ultimately help our economy as well.”
The surgeon general said we’ve all been getting vaccines for decades
Regarding the resistance against vaccines, Murthy said: “We have to put this in context. There are requirements that we put in place every day in workplaces and schools to make sure workplaces are safe in schools. For example, when You and I went to grade school, we probably had requirements for vaccines that we had to meet in order to attend class. It was part of keeping the class safe. I’ve worked in hospitals for years and we Vaccinations were needed so that we could protect our patients from infection. These are steps that we take every day…. So this is not an unusual occurrence. What it is, I think, is a one for us to recognize The appropriate response is that if we want our economy to return and we want our schools to stay in session, we need to take steps to ensure that the workplace and learning environment are safe.”
Surgeon General calls for unity on 9/11 anniversary weekend
“I think we should remember that,” Murthy said. “And it is especially important that we remember this on this day, the day after the 20th anniversary of 9/11: It has been a long, difficult pandemic. It has generated a lot of anger, a lot of fatigue, a lot of times. The impatience among the people in the community together. And that’s absolutely understandable, but what we can’t allow is that this pandemic takes us on each other. Our enemy is a virus. It’s not each other. And what we have to do is get to this next stage of the pandemic response, recognizing that we need to listen to each other before we make decisions, and that we need to support each other in our decision-making. -9/11 reminded us we think we have the ability to do it. As tough as times can seem after 9/11… I remember people reaching out to strangers to support them. Me Remember people traveling across the country to volunteer in New York City. That’s the spirit of America that I know and love. We still have the potential for that k. of attitude. And that’s what’s called We ask this to be implemented in an instant. When we have to come out of this very difficult pandemic.”
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The surgeon general was asked about the trajectory of the pandemic over the next several months
“The prediction game is tough,” Murthy said, “and there are a lot of people who have been trying to predict in the last 18 months. I think what happens in the coming months really depends on what happens. What we do collectively. As a society, and in the weeks ahead: do we reach out to our family and friends and urge them to get vaccinated? And do we step up and wear our masks and use indoor public settings, assuming there is good scientific evidence that helps reduce the spread of the virus? Do we make sure that in our schools, we are taking the layers of precaution that we know our help keep children safe, from masks to regular testing, to improving ventilation. If we take those steps, I think we can make a lot of progress in the coming months, but it Really depends on us and what we do together.”
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