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The ‘darkest’ interval of the coronavirus pandemic remains to be to return, warns prime infectious-disease physician


Radiologists put together to take an X-ray picture in a COVID-19 affected person’s room within the intensive care unit of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, Maryland.

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‘The following six-to-12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the whole pandemic.’

That’s Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the College of Minnesota’s Heart for Infectious Illness Analysis and Coverage, delivering a stark warning on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“We do have vaccines and therapeutics coming down the pike,” Osterholm  stated, although any availability of a vaccine in a “significant method” gained’t be till maybe the third quarter of 2021.

“Even then, half of the U.S. inhabitants, at this level, is skeptical of even taking the vaccine,” he stated, pointing to a scarcity of clear management. “What we’ve proper now’s a significant drawback in messaging.”

Osterholm stated that Friday’s 70,000 circumstances within the U.S. — probably the most for the reason that quantity peaked in July — is only the start of a really tough stretch.

“That quantity, we’re going to blow proper via that,” he advised NBC’s Chuck Todd. “And between now and the vacations, we are going to see numbers a lot, a lot bigger than even the 67,000 to 75,000 circumstances.”

Watch the total present, with Osterholm’s look on the 23:35 mark:

There have been greater than 8.1 million COVID-19 circumstances within the U.S., based on Johns Hopkins University, with greater than 219,000 deaths.