(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
United States continues to average over a 1,000 deaths a day in August…
The US Centers for Disease Control director said that the United States could face the worst fall in U.S. public health history. CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield said that people need to follow recommended coronavirus measures or the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the flu could cause a bad mix.
The statement comes after Johns Hopkins University has reported over 166,000 people have died from the virus and five million people have been infected in the United States. On Wednesday JHU reported 1,499 deaths and 55,910 new cases, the highest number since May. The seven day average for coronavirus deaths was over 1,000 on Wednesday, the 17th consecutive day the rolling U.S. average has been above 1,000.
“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,” said Redfield who added that without following those recommendations it could be the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had.”
The CDC director also recommended that people should get a flu vaccine. The CDC has purchased 10 million doses of the flu vaccine for uninsured adults this year, compared to the typical 500,000 doses.