Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm warned on Sunday that a “fourth wave” of coronavirus infections is about to occur in the United States, partly because the more contagious virus is spreading and affecting young people .
Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday: “I believe that in some ways, we are almost in a new epidemic. I’m sick.” “The only good news is that the current vaccine is effective against this particular variant B1
Osterholm said that in addition to this variant being more contagious and lethal, he also said that it is more likely to affect children, an age group that is basically immune to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. influences.
He said in another interview with the National Broadcasting Corporation “Meet the Media”: “Unlike previous virus strains, we did not see children under eighth grade getting infected frequently, or they are not getting sick often.”
He told Wallace: “Children play a huge role in spreading this disease.”
Osterholm said he was initially in favor of students returning to the classroom physically, but because the virus is changing, he is changing too.
“No country in the world can see this kind of substantial growth of B117, but it has not been locked in.” We are the exception. So the bottom line message for all these countries is that we can’t control this virus until we lock it in,” he told Wallace. “We must do better to help the public understand that this is short-term. What we have to do is to overcome a large number of cases that occurred in the next six to eight to ten weeks due to the B117 variant. “
Former Director of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, also attributed new disease outbreaks in certain states to rising infection rates among young people on Sunday, but he said it was due to vaccinations.
He said in “Face the Nation” of CBS News: “What we see are infected people across the country, especially among the young and school-age children who have not been vaccinated.”
Gottlieb said he thinks the FDA can authorize Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use in children aged 12 to 15. However, he does not want the vaccine to be used by children earlier than before the start of the fall semester.
Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also warned last week that people feel “imminent” due to the increase in the average number of cases in the last seven days.
She said: “When we see the rising trend of cases, what we have seen before is that things do indeed have a sharp upward trend.”
In the past seven weeks, the country’s 7-day moving average has been rising, breaking through 64,000 on Saturday. According to the CDC website, the last time such a high level was reached was in early March.
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