Rochelle Walensky, MD, the director of the federal Center for Disease Control, is a forthright person and for that she’s to be praised. On March 21, Ms. Walensky advised :
“When I first started at CDC about 2 months ago, I made a promise to you: I would tell you the truth even if it was not the news we wanted to hear. Now is one of those times when I have to share the truth, and I have to hope and trust you will listen. I’m going to pause here, I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom.”
“Doom” because too many people, principally younger people, aren’t heeding appeals to continue taking COVID-19 seriously and have been having a springtime fling. Witness, notes WebMD, the “spring break crowds (that) have overwhelmed some areas, such as southern Florida. Governors and health officials have expressed concerns about the latest coronavirus data in their states.”
It isn’t fair when people turn aside advisories of the health risks their behavior might well inflict on others. Covid-19 is a silent killer – hence Ms. Walensky’s doomsday warning.
We need more community-based thinking and response in the midst of a continuing pandemic. Look around – vaccinations are gaining ground, but there are risks aplenty remaining