Recently, Americans have been breathing a sigh of relief as things begin to reopen across the country following the release of a vaccine along with the steady decline in cases since the beginning of 2021. However, while it is exciting to finally start to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, things may not be as good as they seem. The US may be facing a possible fourth surge as daily COVID cases and deaths are on the rise once again.
COVID 19 Current Case Map
After a large and deadly surge in COVID-19 cases at the end of 2020, the US was beginning to see a positive downward trend in daily cases over the past few months. However, the latest numbers show a national average of new cases has increased to 63,000 per day with new daily hospital admissions reaching 4,800 despite the vaccine rolling out to more and more citizens.
On Monday of this week, the director of the CDC urged Americans during a press conference to not let their guard down yet. "I'm going to lose the script, and I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom. We have so much to look forward to so much promise and potential of where we are, and so much reason for hope. But right now I'm scared," Rochelle Walensky said.
President Biden, the CDC, and other health officials are all urging the public to continue taking the necessary steps to protect their fellow Americans.
Here’s how to continue to do your part in reducing the spread of COVID 19:
1. Wear Your Mask
With the world reopening for the most part, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to just stay home. Many of us are returning to work where we may be required to be in close quarters with others. Making sure you continue to wear your mask when you are not able to properly socially distance is still one of the best, and simplest ways to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Choosing a mask that provides superior protection, like a KN95 or N95 mask, will be your best bet. These face masks offer 95% protection against airborne particles .3 microns or larger. This includes virus particles.
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2. Practice Good Personal Hygiene
Keeping your hands clean is another simple yet incredibly effective way to reduce your risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus. While washing your hands with warm water and soap is always the best choice, keeping hand sanitizer on hand to use when washing your hands isn’t possible is a good practice.
3. Keep Surfaces Clean
This is especially helpful if you find yourself back at the office where there are many common shared spaces. Keeping alcohol wipes or disinfectant spray on hand is an easy way to make sure the areas you are spending long periods of time in are sanitized.
4. Social Distance
At this point, the idea of social distancing is obvious, but it bears repeating. Maintaining a proper distance from others is one of the only ways to nearly guarantee a reduced risk of contracting or spreading the virus.
No matter what situation you may find yourself in at this point in the pandemic, it is important to not let your guard down just yet. With the vaccine rolling out to more and more Americans and many public places opening back up, it is easy to think that we are out of the words… but we aren’t there just yet. Continuing safe social distancing practices along with wearing your mask in public situations will be two key factors in reducing the spread and getting life back to normal.
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