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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky: “Absolutely” Too Early For States To Lift Mask Mandates

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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joined Chuck Todd for an interview this morning on Meet the Press.

CHUCK TODD: We’re seeing a lot of states – we’ve just had a dip these last two weeks. It felt like the first week where we took two steps forward and one step back, rather than one and two back, but a lot of states are getting rid of their mask mandates already. Is it too early to be doing that DR. ROCHELLE WALENSKY: Absolutely. We are still at about 100,000 cases a day. We are still at around 1,500 to 3,500 deaths per day. The cases are more than two and a half fold times what we saw over the summer. It’s encouraging to see these trends coming down but they’re coming down from an extraordinarily high place. And as I said earlier, if we want to get our children back to school and I believe we all do, it all depends on how much community spread is out there. We need to all take responsibility to decrease that community spread, including mask wearing so that we can get our kids and our society back.

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