Coronavirus second wave may be even worse: US health chief

Coronavirus second wave may be even worse: US health chief


Washington: One of the country ’s top health officials said on Tuesday that the second wave of new coronavirus in the United States may be more destructive because it is likely to collide with the beginning of the flu season.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called on Americans to use the next few months to prepare-and get flu shots.

“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,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with the Washington Post published late Tuesday.

“We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time,” he said.

According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 800,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the United States with 44845 deaths, the most reported number of all countries.

In recent months, billions of people around the world have been ordered to stay at home as the government tried to prevent highly contagious coronaviruses from flooding the health care system.

The United States and other countries, while increasing the number of deaths, are also scrambling to install adequate ventilators and personal protective equipment for medical personnel.

Redfield said the virus is being introduced into the United States like a regular flu season, and the flu season itself may strain the healthcare system.

If the two diseases had peaked at the same time, he told the Post, “it could have been really, really, really, really difficult” for health systems to cope.

Getting a flu shot ahead of next flu season, he said, “may allow there to be a hospital bed available for your mother or grandmother that may get coronavirus”. 

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