Transcript for CDC: US has ‘entered a phase of high-level transmission’ of COVID-19
Good evening it's great to have you with us here as we near the end of another week together another heavy week in this country and tonight is no exception. The numbers that came out today are simply staggering the deadliest 24 hours yet and tonight those new words from the CDC. Saying the US has now entered a new phase of in their words high level transmission. They see Wear a mask wherever you go even indoors and that if a family member at home has been exposed that you should Wear a mask at home to. The death told now it more than 278000. Lives lost 2800 Americans loss in just 24 hours. This is the fourth straight day more than 2000 lives have been lost. The CDC saying this deadly new face is largely because so many are now indoors because of the colder weather. And that half of all transmissions. Are from people who have no symptoms. And that guidance on universal mask wearing now urging people to Wear masks endorsed no matter where you go. The nation's hospitals tonight we heard from Frontline workers who say they are overwhelmed under siege and as I mentioned they said in the hallways of our hospitals it's like the title week patients. A stay at home order issued for five counties tonight in the San Francisco Bay Area because icu beds are running out quickly. At how we get the vaccines out across this country to major test we witnessed in Phoenix today. And the Pfizer vaccine and a temperature requirement keeping it at 94 degrees Fahrenheit below zero what happens if the batches are not kept cold enough. Are they no longer effective. And what we learned about patients who got the Madeira and a vaccine trials what they are now seen three months out. We begin with a ABC's which Johnson leading us off right here in New York tonight. Tonight bracing for the worst of the pandemic but CDC warning in a new report. The US has entered a phase of high level transmission we have not yet seen. The post Thanksgiving peak. That's the concerning thing because the numbers in and of themselves or alarming. That impact coming right before Christmas after daily covad cases nearly doubled in just over a month. From 100000 on October 30 to 196000. December 2. New York the original epicenter of the pandemic seeing the most daily cases since April. And Kobe nineteen may be the leading cause of reported deaths in the US this week. According to a projection at the University of Washington topping heart disease and lung cancer. Many hospitals on the brink. You can have a huge hospital but if you don't have them and power. I'm Kendall fit your life. Josephine a Loria as a nurse manager in Santa Clara County California. Worries there are not enough doctors nurses or beds to treat the sick. One running out of I see you bet we know that once you looked at icu. Your chance says art. Minimal. Santa Clara one of five counties in the Bay Area imposing new stay at home orders as icy use across the state are growing dangerously full California among 46 states hitting a record number of hospitalizations. This week in Birmingham Alabama. One hospital overwhelmed with patients exhausted health care workers forced to pick up extra shifts a lot of the health care providers on talking to are describing it really is a tidal wave of patience. And you'll remember this moving photo doctor Joseph Verona embracing an emotional Covert patient alone on Thanksgiving. Tonight telling us that Mann is now out of the hospital. Zoo in front asked if he was these church yesterday morning to confuse wife. We love hearing that today let's get right to which Johnson tonight in which the CDC issuing that strongly warning today in light of these staggering numbers we saw. Actually urging Americans to Wear masks indoors where ever they go at all times no matter where you are. And even at home if someone's been exposed. David the CDC says universal mask use is critical to slowing the spread of this virus and that means always wearing a mask. Whenever you leave your home and sometimes inside your home if someone there may have been exposed doctor Deborah Brooks of the corona virus task force. Even taking it a step further saying you should also why don't Wear a mask when dining outdoors.
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