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U.S. CDC chief: I see impending doom, COVID-19 spreads fast

Christian Fernsby |
The head of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Walensky pleaded with people to wear masks and stick with COVID-19 mitigation measures.

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“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,” Ms. Walensky said.

“What we’ve seen over the last week or so is a steady rise in cases. We’re now in the 60,000 to 70,000 range.

“When we see that uptick in cases, what we’ve seen before is that things really have a tendency to surge and surge big.”

She said the US trajectory looked similar to that in the EU a few weeks ago, before spikes in cases took hold. She asked elected officials, faith leaders and other influencers for help.

“I’m calling on every single one of you to sound the alarm, to carry these messages into your communities,” she said.

“We do not have the luxury of inaction. For the health of our country, we must work together now to prevent a fourth surge,” she said.

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