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Former acting director of CDC: epidemic data is still high, but people are numb

Datetime: 2021-03-06 10:26:32

Richard Bessel, former acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention, also issued a warning in an interview with US media a few days ago. As the state governments relax the epidemic prevention and control measures, people are likely to be paralyzed and underestimate the current epidemic risk.

Richard Bessel, former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of the United States: less than 10% of the population in Texas has been vaccinated, and the number of outbreaks in Texas is much higher than when the state wide "mask order" was first issued last summer. I\'m worried that people\'s reaction to the epidemic is numb now. Don\'t forget that the number of new deaths per day in the United States is still at the level of more than 2000.

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Texas and Mississippi announced the abolition of the "mask order" on February 2. However, data from Johns Hopkins University show that the positive rate of new coronavirus testing in these two states is still at a high level among all States in the United States; information from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention also shows that the vaccination rates of these two states are almost at the bottom of all States.

Wallensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention, said that it is not the time to lift all epidemic prevention and control measures; the next one to two months will be crucial and will determine the trend of the US epidemic.

Previously, many experts have expressed concern about the relaxation of prevention and control measures. Fudge, director of the National Institute of allergy and infectious diseases, said on the 4th that states must continue to comply with public health measures, otherwise, like last summer, a new wave of outbreaks will appear soon after the restart.

Ostholm, director of the center for infectious disease research and policy at the University of Minnesota, said that relaxing prevention and control measures in some states of the United States is like "inviting" a new coronavirus to spread faster and more widely; it is expected to see a surge of confirmed cases in these areas in the next two to three weeks.