In a recent segment on MSNBC, medical doctor and contributor to the network, Kavita Patel, emphasized how crucial it is for Americans to start wearing face masks in public again.
Patel, a former official of the Obama administration, conveyed an unwelcome message, stating, “A mask can be your best friend. Keep it. Back in time, we had them in our pockets, in our coats, and our backpacks. Time to bring them out again.”
Her remarks were delivered on a Tuesday, coinciding with the impending school season. Patel stressed the need to prevent avoidable disruptions in education due to preventable illnesses, remarking, “Especially as the school season starts, we don’t want to see kids missing school for things that we could have prevented.”
The focal point of the segment was the increase in COVID-19 cases observed across the country. The week of July 15 witnessed more than 7,100 hospitalizations of individuals afflicted by COVID-19. This grim statistic marked the supposed percentage spike since December 2022.
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While acknowledging the current bump in cases, Patel feels the situation is not as dire as experienced in recent years. She noted, “We are not seeing anywhere near the dramatic rises that we saw in previous summers or previous years, that’s good news.”
This renewed emphasis on vigilance and precaution leaves many wondering why the many vaccines and accompanying boosters aren’t doing their job as promised by the government.
The doctor’s statement comes shortly after the release of a noteworthy poll indicating a shifting sentiment regarding the COVID-19 pandemic among Democrats. According to June data from Gallup, a majority — 51% — of Democrats now believe the pandemic has subsided, marking a significant increase of 23 points since February.
This is the first time since June 2021 that a majority of Democrats have expressed the belief that the pandemic is effectively over. Notably, the survey also revealed a significantly larger proportion of Republicans (84%) and independents (65%) share the same view.
Strikingly, the poll also revealed that a mere 2% of all U.S. adults express intense concern about contracting the virus. This concern varies along party lines, with 29% of Democrats expressing minimal worry, compared to a notably higher 71% of Republicans.