A top epidemiologist who advised President Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic said that it is time for Americans to accept that the country is entering the fourth coronavirus boom. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said that in terms of the world, “we are indeed in hurricane category 5” and in the next few weeks, the number of cases will surge around the world. The reality will soon become obvious to Americans. Osterholm said in a speech at NBC: “As far as the United States is concerned, we are just beginning to rise.”
The previous surge wave followed a familiar pattern across the country, and now it seems to be repeating. He said: “Right now, I think the Upper Midwest has only just started its fourth surge. When Michigan reported 8,400 new cases yesterday, “this is a wake-up call for everyone,” especially because between the ages of 30 and 50. The number of severe cases of is increasing.
Osterholm criticized the Americans for seemingly ignoring the risks posed by this new, more contagious variant of the virus. The lack of attention is at least partly due to the failure of American leaders to take this threat seriously. He said: “Because of this variation, we are currently experiencing more and more cases in the world. At the same time, we are opening rather than closing,” he said. Fox News Sunday. “The two will basically conflict, and we will see a huge increase in the number of cases.” Osterholm realized that this may not be what people want to hear, “but the bottom line of the virus is that it will execute what it wants to execute. And we will have to respond in some way.” Osterholm said that what is of particular concern is how the new variant makes children more susceptible to infection. He said: “Please understand that this B.1.1.7 variant is a brand new ball game.” “Actually, here in Minnesota, we are now seeing another B.1.1.7 variant. The aspect has not been widely discussed, and that is that it can easily infect children.”
However, others are more optimistic that the fourth wave can be avoided. Former Director of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb (Scott Gottlieb) said that although young people have promoted the rise of new infections in some areas, this does not mean that the increase in vaccinations will cause the first Four waves. “Among approximately 200 million Americans, there is already a certain degree of immunity,” he said on CBS. Face the nation. “I think there is enough immunity in the population, so you won’t see a real fourth wave of infections.”
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