Osterholm said that the Americans are not realistic in the face of this new surge. He said it was driven by the Covid variant.
He told the host Chris Wallace: “Because of this variant, we are currently experiencing more and more cases in the world. At the same time, we are opening rather than closing.” These two will basically conflict, and we will see a significant increase in the number of cases.”
He said that he realized that his message was not what people wanted to hear now.
“Even with this in mind, I understand the absolute resistance of this country, and you know-a bit like trying to drink barbed wire-but the bottom line of the virus is that it will do what it wants, and we will Osterhall Mu said that a response must be made in some way. He added that this may involve the withdrawal of “some of the restrictions we have relaxed.”
The largest recent increase in cases has occurred in the Upper West Midwest. Osterholm said: “If I think anyone in Michigan thinks they will see 8,400 new cases like Saturday, then no one will believe what happened a month ago.”
Osterholm pointed out that the new variant is more harmful to children than the previous strain. “Here in Minnesota, another aspect of this B.1.1.7 variant that we are seeing now has not been widely talked about, and that is the fact that it can easily infect children,” he said at NBC’s “Meeting”. Say. news. ”
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 30 million Covid cases and more than 554,000 deaths in the United States.
Osterholm added: “No one wants to be the one who died three days before Covid should have been shot.”