In response to the findings that COVID-19 cases have increased by 10.6% compared to the previous seven-day period, and the plea from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Rochelle Walensky, M.D., MPH, for Americans to help reduce the spread of the virus and save lives, today, American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer issued the following statement:
“The increased availability of COVID-19 vaccines offers the potential of an end to the pandemic. But we’re not there yet. We cannot risk losing the ground gained against this deadly virus. Continued vigilance is needed to slow the spread of the virus, including new strains. The American Lung Association implores Americans to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the virus, even after becoming vaccinated. This is how we will save lives.
“As we spot that light at the end of the tunnel, now is the time to stay the course, and not give in to a false sense of security. Because when we finally return to a post-COVID world, we will want to meet our loved ones and neighbors there.”
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.