Transcript for Another possible surge of COVID-19 cases?
as well. Let's start with a look at the latest numbers in Johns Hopkins university. 114.4 million cases coronavirus confirmed worldwide, with the total in this country growing to 514,000 American lives lost. Now more than 50.7 million Americans have received at least one shot of covid-19 vaccine so That's good news. Declining numbers, we've got another vaccine authorized. Then we hear a fourth surge. What are we talking about? This is important. We have to take a big picture view. It's important to be realistic. Take a look at what we heard recently from the CDC director. For background, in January we saw a sharp decline in national cases. Now, we see a stalling of those case rates. The declines are petering out and in some cases starting to the CDC director saying -- this is a quote -- these variants are a real threat to our progress. Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas. Overall testing in this country is down by 30%. What this reflects is people need to understand that this virus is going to go more like this than straight up or straight down. You know, we've been doing this for a year now pretty much. Psychologically hearing that -- we all want to hear it's getting better, we've got the vaccine, the numbers are going down. Psychologically, how do we deal with that? The key here is that from the beginning it's important to look at our country as if it's one big patient. You cannot heal the body without dealing with the mind. We have to incorporate that psychological aspect and understand it's not just about what we want to do, but also about what we should be doing. We got to get to the finish line. We're not there yet. That's right. Thank you, Dr. Jen. We turn to ABC's erielle
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