This virus is in the driver’s seat and we are chasing it. The only way we stay ahead of it is through vaccination and wearing a mask. If we don’t, we will always be catching up. — Dr. Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington and former C.D.C. scientist
This virus is in the driver’s seat and we are chasing it. The only way we stay ahead of it is through vaccination and wearing a mask. If we don’t, we will always be catching up. — Dr. Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington and former C.D.C. scientist
U.S. Shifts Tactics Against Virus in Days With Mask Guidance
What a difference a week makes. In just a few days, state and local authorities have imposed mask mandates, companies have put off returning workers to their offices, and the federal government and the military have pressured their employees to get vaccinated.

“This virus is in the driver’s seat and we are chasing it,” said Dr. Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington and former C.D.C. scientist. “The only way we stay ahead of it is through vaccination and wearing a mask. If we don’t, we will always be catching up.”

... Vaccines are effective against the worst outcomes of infection, even with the variant, reducing the risk of death. But the lagging vaccination effort has fallen behind the ever-evolving virus. Fewer than half of adults are fully vaccinated.


... Employers held off for months on making decisions about vaccine mandates, worried about legal and political pushback. But this week ushered in a steady stream of announcements from Walmart, the Walt Disney Company, Google, Facebook, Uber and others introducing new requirements that some employees be vaccinated. And The New York Times indefinitely delayed its return to office, which had been scheduled for September.

“Once you get a little momentum, you get a sort of tidal wave,” said Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, who was a member of Mr. Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Board during the transition between presidential administrations.

Over the past week, more than 77,200 coronavirus cases, on average, have been reported each day, up 150 percent from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times database. Reported new deaths are up 10 percent, to an average of 301 per day for the past week. Hospitalizations are up, to an average of roughly 39,400 per day, a 74 percent increase from two weeks ago.

Experts predicted that cases would peak around mid-August, and that there would be new surges tied to a return to schools and the holiday season this winter.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/31/world/coronavirus-mandate-mask-vaccine.html