A mask is nothing more than a life-saving medical device, and yet it got categorized in all sorts of other ways that were not factual, not scientific, and frankly dangerous, and I think you could make a case that tens of thousands of people died as a result. — Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health
A mask is nothing more than a life-saving medical device, and yet it got categorized in all sorts of other ways that were not factual, not scientific, and frankly dangerous, and I think you could make a case that tens of thousands of people died as a result. — Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health
The US is about to top 500,000 Covid-19 deaths. That's why it's critical to keep up safety measures, Fauci says
Death Toll
"It's something that is historic. It's nothing like we've ever been though in the last 102 years since the 1918 influenza pandemic," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

"It really is a terrible situation that we've been through and that we're still going through. And that's the reason why we keep insisting to continue with the public health measures -- because we don't want this to get much worse than it already is."

More than 498,700 people have died from Covid-19 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.

And another 91,000 Americans are projected to die from the disease by June 1, according to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

... "The most uncertain driver of the trajectory of the epidemic over the next four months is how individuals will respond to steady declines in daily cases and deaths," the IHME team wrote. "More rapid increases in mobility or reductions in mask use can easily lead to increasing cases and deaths in many states in April."

... Rapid, widespread vaccinations are important to stay ahead of "the inevitable evolution of variants that could dangerously accelerate the trajectory of the pandemic," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky co-wrote in the medical journal JAMA.

... Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins on Sunday expressed disappointment that mask-wearing had not been more widespread during the pandemic, saying there was clear evidence by March or April that they helped prevent viral transmission.

"A mask is nothing more than a life-saving medical device, and yet it got categorized in all sorts of other ways that were not factual, not scientific, and frankly dangerous, and I think you could make a case that tens of thousands of people died as a result," Collins said during an interview Sunday evening on Axios on HBO.

Collins said he would remember 2020 as a "pretty difficult year" for mask-wearing and remains confused why people would refuse masks on the basis of personal freedom.
Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/21/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html