While there are certainly a number of promising developments looming in the coronavirus pandemic, the discovery of a vaccine or a surefire treatment isn’t an overnight, all-encompassing fix. These things will take months, or longer, to roll out, meaning that we’ll be dealing with the repercussions of the virus for some time still.
In fact, the CDC is now suggesting that the coming months won’t only be the hardest of the COVID-19 pandemic, but of the entire history of America.
Speaking at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Robert Redfield stressed that roughly nine out of every ten hospitals in the country and another 90 percent of long-term care facilities are in areas with high infection levels.
“So we are at a very critical time right now about being able to maintain the resilience of our healthcare system. The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult in the public health history of this nation, largely because of the stress that’s going to be put on our healthcare system.”
Coronavirus fatalities are on the rise, Redfield conceded, noting that the U.S. is already in the neighborhood of recording between 1,500 and 2,500 deaths every day, similar to the peak levels reached in April.
Redfield would have presumably taken the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic into consideration when making this statement, which makes his warning all the more dire.
That pandemic killed up to 50 million people worldwide, with nearly 700,000 of those deaths coming from the United States.
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