“Every death that we’re talking about this afternoon is preventable,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN on Thursday. “None of this has to happen.
“We have the ability to stop these deaths, getting vaccines out, keeping masks on, social distancing. We just have to get everyone to hang in there a few more weeks.”
The seven-day average of deaths is rising in 22 states when compared with the prior seven-day average.
Experts fear holiday gatherings will bring another surge of cases, followed by another surge of hospitalizations, followed by another surge of deaths.
“We can still save lives,” Hotez said. “No one has to lose their lives over the next few weeks and months. It’s a tough message to get across, though.”
Herd immunity won’t come for months, expert says
The administration of Covid-19 vaccines is “amazing news,” but people need to be aware that it will be a while before everyone is protected, said CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen.
— to www.cnn.com