Biden officials urged Americans who’ve relaxed their Covid-19 safety protocols to tighten the screws again as cases and hospitalizations start climbing across the country. Officials say the U.S. is nearing 100,000 new cases a day — far below the pandemic’s peak but still an unwelcome spike ahead of Memorial Day gatherings.
“As we’re currently seeing a steady rise of cases in parts of the country, we encourage everyone to use the menu of tools we have today to prevent further infection and severe disease, including wearing a mask, getting tested, accessing treatments early if infected and getting vaccinated or boosted,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The news comes shortly after the U.S. hit the once unthinkable Covid-19 death toll of one million, a number far surpassing even the grimmest predictions of the earliest days of the pandemic. This week, officials assured Americans that the threat was not as dire as the Omicron variant’s peak, but still urged citizens to be mindful of the nation’s healthcare workers, who are already burned out and stretched thin by the last few years of work. Officials asked for Congress to approve billions in extra aid for more vaccines and home tests.
Officials also warned that another fall and winter wave of infections could be calamitous. Americans are eligible for another round of free at-home Covid tests. You can get yours here.