Published On: Mon, Aug 16th, 2021

Former CDC Chief Doesn’t Foresee Fresh Lockdowns Over Recent COVID-19 Spike

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A former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Aug. 15 that schools might close over a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, but that he doesn’t believe lockdowns will be reimposed. “I don’t think so,” Richard Besser, an acting director of the CDC during the Obama administration, said on ABC’s “This Week,” when asked whether society would again “grind to a halt” due to harsh mandates. “I think what we’re going to see is schools closing when cases spread through schools. We’re going to see more recommendations for use of masks. The reason it’s not going to be the same as it was early in the pandemic is that there is a vaccine, and we have done a very good job at vaccinating people who are at the greatest risk, so elderly people, people with underlying medical conditions, front-line health care workers.” There should be a push …

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