An emotional Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke at a White House briefing on COVID this afternoon.
Walensky said she promised two months ago that she would tell Americans the truth and today, in particular, she hopes we will listen.
Apparently, the number of new cases of COVID in the U.S. have ticked up over last week and she is concerned about a fourth surge of the virus. According to The Washington Post, the “U.S. seven-day average hovered at about 60,000 daily cases — a 10-percent increase compared to the prior seven-day period. Hospitalizations have risen, too. The seven-day average death rate, which typically lags behind cases and hospitalizations, increased by 3 percent.”
Walensky said she had a feeling of “impending doom” about the situation.
“I’m gonna pause here. I’m gonna lose the script and I’m gonna reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom. We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are and so much reason for hope. ”
In a very emotional voice, she adds, “Right now I’m scared.”
Walensky’s predecessor, Dr. Robert Redfield, never spoke like this, not even at the height of the pandemic.
Impending doom? Our CDC director is near tears and tells us she’s scared?
A 10 percent week over week increase doesn’t strike me as crazy. If this became a trend, perhaps there might be more reason for concern. But considering the rate has dropped for ten straight weeks by a total of 77.2 percent, this shouldn’t drive our CDC director to tears.
Without looking at the breakdown of where the cases are the highest, it’s hard to know the reasons behind the increase.
We know that the Biden Administration’s disastrous decision to allow throngs of illegal immigrants into the country, many of whom are infected with COVID could be a factor. Biden’s unwise resurrection of the Obama era policy of catch and release has allowed infected illegal immigrants to move freely about the country, on buses and airplanes and everywhere else.
In the meantime, Americans returning to the U.S. from abroad are required to show a negative COVID test result from within 72 hours of boarding their flight before they are allowed back into the country.
So, what might be the reason for Dr. Walensky’s feeling of impending doom?
COVID was used as a control mechanism by many government officials, elected and appointed. Because it went on for so long, many of them, Democratic governors in particular, grew accustomed to their new power and are reluctant to give it up.
Frankly, I have no idea why the numbers increased last week.
Or even if the numbers increased last week.
Because I find it hard to trust anything this administration tells us.
BREAKING: CDC Director Rochelle Walensky warns that she feels “impending doom” with the Covid case trajectory. “Right now I’m scared.” pic.twitter.com/MSJDQWRifA
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