The U.S. chief medical officer said Sunday that there was “deep concern” about the country’s COVID-19 situation during the fall.
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“I’m worried about what’s ahead, because we’re seeing an increase in new cases, especially among the undeclared,” Dr Vivek Murthy told CNN.
However, “millions of people in this country have not yet been vaccinated,” the ABC’s chief medical officer added, adding that he was one of the U.S. government’s spokesmen on public health questions.
Referring to the peak of pollution in southern states such as Arkansas or Missouri where reluctance to vaccinate is strong, he realized that people cannot control them if they do not agree to be vaccinated.
Dr Murthy has backed the introduction of the obligation to wear a mask at home in Los Angeles from Sunday.
No other U.S. city has re-established such an obligation, but the chief medical officer expects others to follow suit, amid a resurgence of Covit-19 cases largely due to delta variability.
“In areas where the proportion of vaccinated people is low or the number of cases is increasing, it makes more sense for districts to take mitigation measures like the mask-wearing rules you see in Los Angeles,” Vivek Murthy told the ABC.
Several months after the spread of COVID-19, the number of cases in the United States has increased dramatically over the past two weeks, with the vaccine campaign declining significantly.
“We are beginning to see an undetected epidemic,” said Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday.
Over the past seven days, there have been 29,600 new cases and an average of 238 deaths per day in the United States.
“Unknown people represent almost all hospitals and deaths,” said Jeff Giants, the White House’s response to the epidemic.