We are all exhausted ... there is a vision, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Now is not the time to stop to stop wearing a mask. — Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director
We are all exhausted ... there is a vision, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Now is not the time to stop to stop wearing a mask. — Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director
'Now Is Not The Time To Stop Wearing A Mask,' Says CDC Director Rochelle Walensky
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voiced concern on Wednesday about the recent climb in the number of new cases of the coronavirus, warning that pandemic fatigue and the loosening of restrictions may be setting the stage for yet another surge this spring.

In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the next few weeks could prove pivotal in determining whether nearly one year into the pandemic, the United States will finally be able to find its way out of the crisis. But she said the nation is facing headwinds from both the spread of highly transmissible variants of the virus, and efforts to roll back guidelines around everything from mask use to how quickly businesses can reopen.

"I think the next two or three months could go in one of two directions," Walensky told host Ari Shapiro. "If things open up, if we're not really cautious, we could end up with a post-spring break surge the way we saw a post-Christmas surge. We could see much more disease. We could see much more death."

"In an alternative vision," Walensky continued, "I see we really hunker down for a couple of more months, we get so many people vaccinated and we get to a really great place by summer."

... "I will say, though, that the reason that I mask is not because my governor tells me so," she added. "The reason I mask is because I know it protects myself, it protects my loved ones, it protects my neighbors and my community, so I think everybody is empowered to do the right thing and to put the mask on."

... Walensky acknowledged the reality of pandemic fatigue. "We are all exhausted," she said.

But now, as more and more Americans are getting vaccinated, "there is a vision, there is a light at the end of the tunnel," she said.

"Now is not the time to stop to stop wearing a mask."
Read the full article: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/03/973286247/now-is-not-the-time-to-stop-wearing-a-mask-says-cdc-director-rochelle-walensky