The COVID-19 pandemic may well be on its way into a fourth surge in the United States, and the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, on Monday, warned of an “impending doom” as cases rise and public health measures are relaxed amid vaccination efforts.
Cases have risen in more than 25 hospitals and in thirty-three out of fifty states. According to one analysis by Reuters news agency, COVID-19 cases have risen more than 9% nationwide, after weeks of decline.
For the past 11 weeks, hospitalizations have declined and deaths have dropped to 1,000 a day. This has prompted some restrictions to be relaxed in numerous states, including more restaurants opening up, less enforcement of social distancing, and removal of mask mandates.
“For the health of our country,” said Dr. Walensky, “We must work together now to prevent a fourth surge.”