Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said on Thursday Americans must “take measures to reduce the spread” of COVID-19 as rates has started to rise again with the increase in new variants.
Murthy announced “if you’re trying to reduce spread in a short timeframe, in the order of days to weeks, then it is measures like masking and distancing that are among our most powerful tools.”
He added, “I understand that people are tired of so much of what we’ve dealt with over this past year, wearing masks, not seeing your friends, just going through the uncertainty of COVID.”
Tune in now for this morning’s COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Fauci, Dr. Murthy, Dr. Walensky, and Jeff Zients. https://t.co/ONJQVeACTM
— White House COVID-19 Response Team (@WHCOVIDResponse) July 22, 2021
A Reasonable Step
Yet Murthy continued to urge people to wear masks where infections were rising as a “reasonable step” to take.
The emphasis on vaccination has increased as the number of positive cases has gone up in recent days.
Since children under 12 cannot be vaccinated, parents have been the new focus. “As a parent, I know we all want to do everything we can to keep our kids safe. Kids under 12 aren’t yet eligible to get vaccinated – which means they’re relying on us to get vaccinated so we can shield them from #COVID19 and its possible health complications.”
As a parent, I know we all want to do everything we can to keep our kids safe. Kids under 12 aren’t yet eligible to get vaccinated – which means they’re relying on us to get vaccinated so we can shield them from #COVID19 and its possible health complications.
— Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) July 20, 2021
Harris Urges Vaccination
Despite concerns regarding Texas Democrats visiting Washington who tested positive regardless of reportedly being vaccinated, Vice President Kamala Harris urged Americans to vaccinate.
The vaccine is effective and free. It’s never been easier to get.
Get your shot – tell your friends and family to get theirs.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) July 21, 2021
While the choice to vaccinate is well and good, some Americans are concerned about laws that may force or discriminate against people who decline vaccination. In addition, many Americans question whether the nation will ever return to normal as people are urged to mask and social distance even after widespread vaccinations.