Doctors Say A Second Wave Of Coronavirus Will Probably Hit The US In The Fall. Here’s Why and How to Stop It.

4The H1N1 influenza virus also made a comeback after 2009

According to Dr. Poland, the combination of a second wave of COVID-19 with flu season will only create “a lot of confusion”. This is because of their overlap in symptoms which will put a heavy strain on the health care system.

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In 2009, the US experienced a similar pandemic which made a comeback in force later- a wave of cases of the H1N1 influenza virus, better known as swine flu, in the spring. A second wave of cases was reported in the fall and winter as per the CDC. Poland added that “often not always….often the second wave of a pandemic is worse”.

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5References made to the 1918 influenza pandemic

By referring to the 1918 influenza pandemic which was responsible for the deaths of 50 million people globally out of which 675,000 were Americans, it can be said that a second wave can be much worse. Initially, there was a mild wave of the pandemic in the spring in the US. However, in September a lethal second wave hit the country.

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6COVID19 is likely to remain for 18 months

The novel coronavirus is likely to continue spreading for at least another 18 months. As for the course of the pandemic there are several possible scenarios, but the worst of them would probably be a second wave of infections. According to a report by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota a second wave of the coronavirus can turn out to be very similar to the 1918 influenza pandemic case.

Mike Osterholm the CIDRAP director said “This thing’s not going to stop until it infects 60 to 70 percent of people….The idea that this is going to be done soon defies microbiology”. On Thursday, a report was released by CIDRAP which recommended the US to be prepared for the worst-case scenario that includes a second big wave of coronavirus infections in the fall and winter.

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COVID19 is likely to remain for 18 months

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7What can be done if there is a second wave of the pandemic?

Health experts have suggested that it would be good to prepare for a potential second outbreak of the virus in the coming months. Stocks of personal protective equipment and testing supplies should be replenished by hospitals and clinics. If possible, people should try to get healthier and continue using masks at the moment. Gatherings should be limited to not more than 10 people.

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