The American expert calls for preparation now.
While Russia has already begun to hope for the near end of the epidemic, America is already preparing for the second wave of COVID-19. Experts believe that it will begin in the fall and will be much more serious than the first.
This is what the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert Redfield said in an interview with The Washington Post.
“While states are hoping to start rebuilding their economies, a second wave of coronavirus is coming, which will be much worse than this, because it will most likely coincide with the start of the flu season.
The presence of two simultaneous outbreaks of respiratory disease will create an unimaginable burden on the healthcare system, ”warns Robert Redfield.
He recalled that the first wave of COVID-19 has already claimed the lives of more than 42 thousand Americans. Hospitals were “choking”: catastrophically lacked tests, ventilators and protective equipment for medical workers.
Given all this, officials should now prepare for future challenges. It is necessary to better explain to the population the need to maintain a “social distance”. You should also seriously expand your ability to identify infected people through testing, to find contacts.
And then there will be a chance to prevent the emergence of new cases of the disease, threatening to develop into larger outbreaks.
“Fortunately, the emergence of a new coronavirus in the US occurred when the normal flu season was on the decline. If the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak and the flu season reached their peak at the same time, this could be a disaster in terms of healthcare opportunities, ”Robert Redfield is convinced.