Dr. Megan Ranney, director of the Brown Lifespan Center for Digital Health, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday that during her shift last week in the emergency room, she saw more COVID-19 patients than in the entire previous month.
“It’s because we are letting more people into restaurants unmasked, we are allowing bigger public gatherings, often unmasked,” Ranney said. “It is absolutely incontrovertibly true that when you get together people who are not yet vaccinated in a public setting without masks on, COVID spreads.”
Ranney’s worries about the direction states are headed in followed hours after Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued an impassioned warning about the “impending doom” of a potential fourth surge and after President Joe Biden issued a plea to governors to pause the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
The Rhode Island doctor echoed the concerns of the federal officials in her interview with CNN.
“We have been through this movie before, and it boggles my mind that governors across the country are unwilling to hold on just a little bit longer in order to protect people,” she said. “Jake, I admitted a 40-something year old to the ICU just a week ago. He had not had the chance to be vaccinated yet and now his life is forever changed because he caught COVID at work from someone who had been socializing. It isn’t fair to our populations to be lifting regulations so quickly when we haven’t gotten vaccines out to everyone yet.”
Watch her full appearance below:
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Ranney also addressed the Trump administration health officials who, in a CNN special on Sunday, leveled criticism of the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic last year. “I wish to God that they had spoken up last spring, last summer, or last fall,” said Ranney. “We were being gaslit as a nation.”
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