CDC Director Warns of “Impending Doom” Amid COVID-19 Spikes Around the Country

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Unless you’re a teacher or have school-age kids, you may not realize that it is currently spring break. In a non-pandemic year, that would mean that many people are traveling and college kids are partying on beaches around the country. Oh wait. Even though the pandemic isn’t over, travel is up and college kids are still partying on beaches around the country. Huh.

That’s right. Even though more and more people are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, that does not mean that we’re in the clear yet. We still need to proceed with caution instead of forgetting about social distancing and mask wearing before it’s safe to do so.

At Miami Beach, spring breakers have been ditching the masks and figuring they’ll deal with the consequences later. Although we understand that they want to relax and have fun with their friends, not thinking about consequences sounds rather immature to us.

All of this extra travel and lax behavior when it comes to health and safety best practices effects all of us. In some areas around the country, COVID-19 cases are up. As more and more kids travel for spring break, there’s an even greater chance of cases spiking even more.

The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, actually describes how she feels about the situation as “impending doom.” Yikes!

Watch the video below to learn more about why COVID-19 cases are spiking, and to hear Dr. Walensky’s plea for all of us to play it safe in order to avoid another surge in cases.

What can we do to prevent another surge in cases? According to Walensky, “We are not powerless. We can change this trajectory of the pandemic. But it will take all of us recommitting to following the public health prevention strategies consistently while we work to get the American public vaccinated.”

Do you have any upcoming travel plans? Do you know anyone traveling for spring break? Does your state currently have a mask mandate? Are you going to take COVID-19 safety best practices more seriously after hearing Dr. Walensky’s emotional plea?