Skilled: Darkest Weeks of Pandemic Are But to Come


Oct. 19, 2020 — A prime infectious illness specialist mentioned Sunday that the nation is getting into the darkest time of the whole pandemic.

“We do have vaccines and therapeutics coming down the pike,” Michael Osterholm, PhD, the director of the Middle for Infectious Illness Analysis and Coverage on the College of Minnesota, mentioned on NBC’s Meet the Press. “However whenever you truly have a look at the time interval for that, the following 6 to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the whole pandemic.”

Different well being consultants have additionally predicted the autumn and winter can be a treacherous time for america, as a result of chilly climate forces folks inside, the place the virus is extra simply unfold, and the flu season is starting. We’re months away from a vaccine that’s broadly obtainable. The Unites States surpassed the 8 million mark in whole coronavirus instances final week.

“Friday, we had 70,000 instances, matching the most important quantity we had seen again throughout the actually severe peak in July,” Osterholm mentioned. “That quantity, we’ll blow proper by way of that. And between now and the vacations, we’ll see numbers a lot, a lot bigger than even the 67,000 to 75,000 instances.”

Osterholm mentioned america has “a serious downside in messaging” in regards to the pandemic response, as evidenced by polls displaying excessive skepticism a few coronavirus vaccine.

“Individuals do not know what to imagine, and that is one in all our enormous challenges going ahead, is we have got to get the message to the general public that displays the science and displays actuality,” he mentioned.

The nation wants a “lead” voice to unify nationwide response, he mentioned. “That is bringing folks collectively to grasp, why are we doing this? That is an FDR [President Franklin Roosevelt] fireside-chat strategy. And we’re simply not doing that.”

Although President Donald Trump created a coronavirus activity power, he has given a lot of the accountability for pandemic response to governors. The states have a variety of methods. Not all states, for instance, have imposed statewide face mask mandates.

CNN, citing knowledge from Johns Hopkins College, says coronavirus instances are surging throughout the nation, with the 7-day common of recent instances climbing above 56,000. America has not reported each day case counts at that stage since late July, CNN says.

Solely two states — Hawaii and Vermont — are displaying a downward development in new instances of at the very least 10%, CNN says. Twenty-seven states are trending upward in new instances, and 21 states are holding regular.

The coronavirus can also be spreading quick outdoors america. On Monday, the 40 millionth case was reported worldwide, Johns Hopkins says. America has probably the most recorded coronavirus instances, adopted by India with 7.5 million and Brazil with 5.2 million. World deaths have topped 1.1 million.

European nations are imposing new restrictions to curb the unfold of the virus. Wales is getting into a 2-week lockdown interval, and Switzerland and Austria are limiting the scale of gatherings, CNN says.

“We’re at some extent in Austria the place the expansion is just too quick, the place the numbers are too excessive, and the place we all know if this development continues, then it gained’t be one which we are able to endure for months,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz mentioned Monday.

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NBC Information: “Full Osterholm: ‘Subsequent six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the whole pandemic.’ “

CNN: “10 states reported their highest single-day coronavirus case counts final week.”

CNN: “Solely 2 US states present a downward development in Covid-19 instances. This is a have a look at the most recent figures.”


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