Nation’s top health experts warn of possible 4th COVID-19 wave

Updated: Mar. 31, 2021 at 12:12 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging Americans not to let their guards down as she says COVID-19 cases are up about 10 percent over the past week in the U.S.

Several of the nation’s top health officials are wary of a potential fourth wave of coronavirus with the latest trend in COVID-19 numbers.

“We have so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope, but right now, I’m scared,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Pamela Kirkland with the Columbus Health Department recently reported the Fountain City is seeing increases of 60 to 70 new cases a week. Kirkland says she’s unsure why there’s been an uptick in cases.

“Maybe people are letting their guard down because a lot of people are getting vaccinated, so they just feel like they can kind of do a lot of things that they used to do, but we still need to be careful and be mindful of the guidelines. Wearing masks, social distancing just to be sure until everyone gets vaccinated,” Kirkland said.

Kirkland says people need to remember the vaccine helps reduce the severity of symptoms if someone does get COVID-19, but they still don’t know if it prevents the virus from spreading.

Columbus resident Kelly Crawford, who had coronavirus, is fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine. She says she still takes precautions.

“But I do feel a little more comfortable knowing that I am vaccinated, especially like returning to normal life and potentially back to normal vacations, going to the grocery store, out to eat. Things like that,” Crawford explained.

Even with three COVID-19 vaccines are approved in the U.S., Walensky says the fight against COVID-19 will be slower if there’s another surge.

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