‘Second Wave’ of Coronavirus Pandemic May Be Even Deadlier, CDC Director Says
As the spread of coronavirus continues to slow around the world, the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Robert Redfield, is now saying that it be may too early to celebrate. In an interview with Washington Post on Tuesday, Dr. Redfield is sounding alarm that the coronoavirus outbreak could be even worse next winter.
“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” Dr. Redfield said.
Dr. Redfield told the Post that, “we’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time,” and likely putting massive pressure on America’s health-care system. He went on to stress the need for people to get a flu shot in the fall in order to keep the number of hospitalizations down, and said the U.S. dodged a bullet by the COVID-19 pandemic striking after last winter’s flu season had peaked.
But Dr. Deborah Brix, who heads up the White House task force on the coronavirus, thinks we may be able to avoid the more serious effects of a second wave of virus infections during flu season.