Experts: Virus surge in Europe a cautionary tale for U.S.

“Each of these countries has had nadirs like we are having now, and each took an upward trend after they disregarded known mitigation strategies,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “They simply took their eye off the ball.”…

“Vaccination with no speed limit, 24/7, that’s what’s going to protect us from what’s happening in Europe,” Adalja said.

He believes it is too early for states to drop mask mandates but OK to allow restaurants and other places to increase capacity gradually.

“You don’t have to do what Texas did,” Adalja said. “You can increase capacity while keeping the masks in place.”