“For your country right now and for the war we are waging against Covid, please do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart for the crowds,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for disease control and prevention.
“I don’t want some of America to do that,” he told WebMD. “We all have to do it.”
Without following the recommendations, this could be “the worst public health decline we’ve ever had,” he said. In addition to taking measures to combat the pandemic, people need to get the flu vaccine.
“By getting vaccinated, you can protect your children,”
The CDC purchased 10 million doses of flu vaccine for uninsured adults this year, compared to the typical 500,000 doses. As for coronavirus vaccines, Redfield is cautiously optimistic one or more vaccines will be ready by early 2021.
Anti-vaxxers expand conspiracy theories
There are 270 active studies on coronavirus treatment, experts say.
And anti-vacciners have taken to social media to spread lies about the future coronavirus vaccine. Some include claims that it contains monkey brains or that it is a CIA plot to take over the world. Others say the vaccine will include an invisible tracking tattoo or disfigure those who receive it.
With the spread of lies, the government’s multibillion-dollar vaccine effort has not yet begun with a public education campaign to counter propaganda.
“We are behind us,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. “We haven’t done a good job of getting information (coronavirus vaccine) there.”
The stakes are big. One-third of Americans said they would not be vaccinated against coronavirus, even if the vaccine was widely available and low-cost, according to a May CNN study.
“Speaking for myself, I think I underestimated the level of public resistance,” Collins said. “I didn’t expect it to be so widespread.”
Dr Tina Harter of Vanderbilt University Medical Center said a lack of faith in the vaccine could lead to major outbreaks. She described the government’s announcement on the vaccine as crucial.
“We should have started this months ago, but it’s never too late to start this important message. Because otherwise people who send messages will listen is the story of one child from another parent,” Harter told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. .
More than 2,000 people are quarantined when schools reopen
Coronavirus continues to spread rapidly in the South, Midwest and West, even as the total number of new cases has decreased since the summer jump.
Nationally, over the past seven days, the United States has averaged about 53,000 new cases a day, down 11 percent from the previous week. As teachers and parents clash to start private lessons, new cases are occurring in some of the open schools.
In Georgia, just outside Atlanta, more than 1,100 students, teachers and employees in the Cherokee School District are in quarantine due to dozens of positive cases or exposure to Covid-19. The schools opened 10 days ago.
In Florida, a day after Martin County School District resumed for personal training, an entire elementary school and a bus route were quarantined after a student showed coronavirus symptoms, Jennifer De Chasseau’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Several states, including Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma and Indiana, have reported cases of teachers, students and sports players testing positive for coronavirus. At Oklahoma County Public Schools, 33 employees tested positive last week, said Chief Janet Vinson.
President Donald Trump has said the federal government will provide up to 125 million masks to school districts across the country.
On average, more than 1,000 deaths daily for 17 days
Mortality from the virus remains high.
The average daily death from coronavirus was over 1,000 on Wednesday, with the United States averaging more than 1,000 deaths a day on the 17th day in a row.
On Wednesday, Florida health officials announced more than 8,000 new reports of cases and 212 new deaths.
Joe Sutton, Rosa Flores and Sarah Weissfelt contributed to this report.