Second wave pandemic could be even worse than first, U.S. health officials warn
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic could be even worse than the first. At least, that is what Robert Redfield, U.S.’ top health official, is stating. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a new outbreak would put ‘unimaginable strain’ on healthcare system. Moreover, since such fresh outbreak would coincide with the flu season, hospitals would be unable to treat thousands.
The U.S. currently stands at over 800’000 cases – the highest in the world. The coronavirus has claimed more than 45000 victims on U.S. soil. The worst-hit states remain New York and New Jersey, of close proximity to each other. But California’s cases are also skyrocketing. This meanwhile it is confirmed that the first coronavirus case occurred much earlier than previously thought. Now health officials confirm that a person who died at home on 6th of February in Santa Clara is the first known fatality from the disease.
“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through”, said Mr Redfield in an interview to the Washington Post. This warning also comes as an admonition, since many states are looking to ease lockdown measures.
Confronting flu and coronavirus pandemics together
While reprimanding the protests against lockdown as ‘not helpful’, Mr Redfield also stresses the importance of vaccinations. Flu shots, remarks Mr Redfield, “may allow there to be a hospital bed available for your mother or grandmother that may get coronavirus”. Therefore, getting vaccinated is of utmost importance to all.
Also, social distancing remains a ‘key’ measure to curb the spread of the pandemic. This means social distancing measures will need to stay in place long after officials lift lockdown restrictions. Mr Redfield stated that the CDC’s top priority now is contact tracing. The CDC plans to hire over 650 people – thus doubling its current staff – to develop strategies for efficient contact tracing.
As health officials debate how to properly combat the pandemic, numbers in the world keep increasing. Over 2.71m people have contracted the virus, and over 191k have perished. Millions of people still in lockdown around the globe are starting to ask how to earn a living in such quarantined world.