Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a recent interview that the United States might be in store for a bleak fall season from a public health perspective.

  • “For your country right now and for the war that we’re in against COVID-19, I’m asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds.”
  • “I’m not asking some of America to do it. We all gotta do it.”
  • He said this could be ”the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had.”
  • “It’s dependent on how the American people choose to respond. It’s really the worst of times or the best of times, depending on the American public. I’m optimistic.”
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So what can you do?

  • Redfield said it’s important for every American to follow the CDC’s coronavirus recommendations, including wearing a mask and remaining socially distant from others. Wash your hands when you can and avoid large crowds, too.
  • Redfield encouraged all Americans to get a flu vaccine as well. Cases of flu often hit hospitals hard. Avoiding those cases will free hospitals up to help with the coronavirus patients, he said.