As Fall Season Approaches, CDC Director Issues Coronavirus Warning

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This is the greatest public health crisis to hit this nation in a century. The director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing a strong warning to Americans regarding COVID-19.

“I’m asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds,” Dr. Robert Redfield said, “if we don’t do that as I said last April, this could be the worst fall, from a public health perspective, that we’ve ever had.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) echoed the guidance, publishing a list of tips for families, again reminding Americans to wash their hands, wear a mask, and social distance. 

Additionally, the FDA is asking people to donate blood due to the ongoing shortages because of the pandemic.

All this comes as local officials debate how and when to get kids back to school safely. In the Dallas school district, Superintendent Michael Hinojosa says the issue is complex.

“We haven’t seen our kids since March and there are a lot of mental health issues they’re struggling with and learning is better in person,” Hinojosa said, “but only if it’s safe.”

And with some schools already in session, how to handle outbreaks continues to be a major concern for both educators and parents.More than 2,000 students, teachers, and staff have already been quarantined across five states after outbreaks of new cases occurred after those schools re-opened.