CDC Issues a Dire Warning for the Fall

August 14, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 17, 2020

CNN Health discusses in this news release the dire warning from Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Follow recommended coronavirus measures or risk having the worst fall in US public health history. Coronavirus has infected more than 5 million people and killed over 166,000 nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. On Wednesday alone, there were 55,910 reported new cases and 1,499 deaths — the highest number of fatalities since May.

“For your country right now and for the war that we’re in against Covid, I’m asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds,” Dr. Redfield urges. “I’m not asking some of America to do it. We all gotta do it.”

Without following the recommendations, this could be “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had,” he said. In addition to taking measures to fight against the pandemic, people should also get a flu vaccine. The CDC has bought 10 million doses of the flu vaccine for uninsured adults this year, compared to the typical 500,000 doses.

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