CDC Director Issues This Dire Coronavirus Warning About the Fall
As COVID-19 wreaked havoc across the country over the winter and spring, health experts had hoped that this highly infectious and deadly virus would be a seasonal virus much like the flu and cold. But it became quite clear from early on in the summer that the coronavirus could still cause a lot of damage even in the heat.
Officials now believe that the virus will be potentially deadly in all seasons and have now begun to brace themselves for the fall where the virus will coincide with both the cold and flu season. The head of the CDC, who is the top federal health official in the country has warned that this may turn out to be the most devastating fall season in the public health history of the US.
1The CDC director has asked for four things
Dr. Robert Redfield had issued a warning about the virus which is responsible for over 5 million infections and around 166,000 deaths in the United States alone. He had told WebMD in an interview that the virus will be going from bad to worse if people refuse to cooperate and do their part in slowing down the spread.
He said: “For your country right now and for the war that we’re in against Covid, I’m asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds. I’m not asking some of America to do it. We all gotta do it”.
2To prevent the spread, around 99% of the people need to comply with the measures
According to Redfield’s estimate, the curve can only be flattened if 95-99% of the people comply with simple yet effective measures to avoid getting infected and spreading the infection. Failing to do so will only lead to a rise in the number of cases which will continue to break the records. The United States experienced the largest number of deaths on Wednesday due to the COVID-19, since May, with around 1,500 people dying in a single day.
3This could be the worst fall season for the US
Dr. Redfield went on to warn that this could be- “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had. It’s dependent on how the American people choose to respond. It’s really the worst of times or the best of times, depending on the American public”. However, he did express that he is “optimistic” that the public will do the right thing.