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You may feel like the coronavirus pandemic is over, with so many people vaccinated, and cases, deaths and hospitalizations going way down. You have a right to be optimistic—but not complacent. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared at a press briefing this week to offer a word of warning to those who are unvaccinated. The virus still ping-pongs among that group—including children who have yet to get the shot. Be careful out there, she advises this Memorial Day weekend. Read on to hear her warning, and pass it along to those who need to hear it—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor.
CDC Chief Says Unvaccinated People "Remain at Risk" This Weekend
"We are continuing to watch the data closely and I remain cautious, but hopeful, they will continue to trend downward as vaccination scales up," she said. "This coming weekend is Memorial Day. I know that many of you are looking forward to spending time with your family and friends at picnics and bars. Thanks to vaccines, tens of millions of Americans are able to get back to something closer to normal visiting friends and family. And these are the events we missed over the last year. And we are now safe to do [them] when we are vaccinated. This past weekend, I spent time outside with my family and I was encouraged to see so many others outside and to see so many of their smiles working to regain so much of what we have lost. All of this is possible because vaccinations are going up and cases and risk of community transmission across the country are going down."
She continued: "Here are the important points to remember going into Memorial Day weekend: If you are vaccinated, you're protected and you can enjoy your Memorial Day. If you are not vaccinated, our guidance has not changed for you. You remain at risk of infection. You still need to mask and take other precautions."
Take Time This Weekend to Get Vaccinated, She Says
"If you are not vaccinated," Walensky went on, "I want to encourage you to take this holiday weekend to give yourself and your family the gift of protection by getting vaccinated. We are on a good downward path, but we are not quite out of the woods. Yet cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all declining because of the millions of people who have stepped forward and done their part to protect their health and the health of their communities to move us out of this pandemic." So do so. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.