He kept in mind how large swaths of the US were already suffering a 2nd wave of cases, one that will only intensify in the approach to the vacation season.
” When I was on this show last, September 13, we had 33,000 cases reported that day,” Osterholm told host Chuck Todd.
” Friday we had 70,000 cases, matching the largest number we had seen back during the really major peak in July. That number– were going to blow right through that. And between now and the vacations, we will see numbers much, much larger.”
It indicates making difficult decisions for many to stay at home throughout the holidays, keeping in mind “far a lot of” cases of household parties where “someone brings the virus into the family unknowingly, and after that 4 weeks later, several of the family members are dead.”
And even then, half of the United States population at this point is doubtful even taking the vaccine.”
That number– were going to blow right through that. Its not like last year, and its not ideally going to be like next year,” he stated.
A leading transmittable disease professional in the US has actually alerted that the coming weeks “are going to be the darkest” of the whole coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, states the US is seeing a fresh rise in cases while waiting for a vaccine.
” We do have therapies and vaccines boiling down the pike, however when you in fact look at the time period for that, the next 6 to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic,” he cautioned Sunday on NBCs “Meet the Press.”
And even then, half of the United States population at this point is skeptical even taking the vaccine.”
Osterholm stressed that although the United States wishes to attain herd immunity, “we dont wish to get there through disease– we want to arrive through a vaccination program.”
” This is our COVID year. Lets accept it. Its not like last year, and its not ideally going to be like next year,” he stated.
” So if you truly enjoy individuals that you have in your immediate household … do them the biggest present of all, which is range yourself this year and do not expose them.”