CDC Issues "Critical" Warning for These Americans

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Rochelle Walensky
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As the number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to decline in the United States, Americans are starting to return to their normal lives. However, despite the fact that we are closing in on President Joe Biden's goal of having 70 percent of the population vaccinated by July 4, there is still work to be done. During the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing on Thursday Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued a critical warning for one group of Americans. Keep reading to find out what she said—and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.

Youth are Facing a "Level of Severe Disease"

Dr. Walensky revealed that the United States continues to make progress in ending the pandemic, with the seven-day average of daily deaths at a new low of 363 per day, "a decrease of more than 16% from the last week as the administration kicks off its national month of action," she said.

In addition to reaching the 70 percent goal, there is a new group of people who need to start lining up for their shots: teens. "In the critical month of June, I want to highlight a specific population that we were hoping will join the tens of millions who have already been vaccinated, and that is adolescents," she explained.

She also referenced a report to be published in Friday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, that demonstrates "the level of severe disease, even among youth that are preventable," which is why the CDC is going to "redouble" motivation to get adolescents and young adults vaccinated.

"Last month, FDA authorized and CDC recommended a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 that can be used in adolescents to prevent disease and hospitalization. I strongly encourage parents to get their teens vaccinated, as I did mine," she stated. If parents have questions or concerns, please talk with your child's healthcare provider, your local department of public health or your local pharmacist."

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Unvaccinated Youth Need to Take Precautions

Additionally, she pointed out that unvaccinated teens need to take precaution. And of course, until teens are fully vaccinated, they should continue to wear masks and take precautions when around others who are not vaccinated to protect themselves, their friends, family, and community."

So if you are unvaccinated, follow the fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible, wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.