Infectious Disease Expert Explains Why Next COVID-19 Wave In U.S. Is Inevitable
Infectious diseases expert Michael Osterholm warned on Monday of the inevitability of another wave of coronavirus infections in the United States.
“While vaccination is important, it is obviously a critical part of our long-term game plan. We won't have enough vaccines in the arms of enough Americans over the next year. We'll quit in six to ten weeks, ”Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Erin Burnett from CNN.
"It's just not going to happen," he added.
Osterholm found that in some states, even when vaccine intake was high, new infections were increasing every day.
With GOP-led states lifting pandemic restrictions, new infections across the country have risen to around 65,000. It's a persistent detail that has worried public health experts.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases and senior medical advisor to President Joe Biden, warned last week that "now is simply not the time to step back and declare an early victory".
Osterholm warned on Sunday that the impending wave is more likely to affect children due to the spread of the contagious B.1.1.7. Variant.
"In contrast to the previous strains of the virus, we did not see that children under the eighth grade were often infected or that they were not often very sick," said Osterholm on NBC's "Meet the Press". "Children play a huge role in the broadcast," he added on Fox News.
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