U.S. Could Face Dangerous Fourth Wave of COVID Pandemic Infections

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the country could face a fourth COVID-19 wave because of new variants.  

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH said during a White House press briefing that recent declines in case counts are stalling and are a sign of another wave. 

“The most recent 7-day average of cases, approximately 67,200, represents an increase of a little over 2% compared to the prior 7 days. Please hear me clearly—at this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. These variants are a very real threat to our people and our progress,” warned Walensky.

Walensky added that the rolling back of the exact public health measures we have recommended to protect people from COVID-19 such as mask-wearing and social distancing could contribute to another wave. 

“We stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. We have the ability to stop a potential fourth surge of cases in this country. Please stay strong in your conviction,” said Walensky.

The CDC warned in January that the UK strain would become the dominant strain circulating in the country by March.


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