CDC Head Says 180,000 Extra Individuals Might Die From COVID-19 By February

Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, issued a stark warning to Individuals about how arduous the approaching months could possibly be as a result of growing unfold of the coronavirus

“We’re at a really essential time now,” Redfield instructed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Basis on Wednesday. “The fact is December and January and February are going to be tough instances. I really consider they’re going to be probably the most troublesome time within the public well being historical past of this nation.”

The U.S. is at the moment experiencing 1,500 to 2,500 deaths per day from the virus.

“I do suppose, sadly, earlier than we see February, we could possibly be near 450,000 Individuals who’ve died from this virus,” Redfield mentioned. 

Greater than 270,000 individuals within the U.S. have died from COVID-19 within the 9 months for the reason that virus started to considerably unfold right here. Redfield’s projection suggests one other 180,000 might die in simply two months. 

The CDC head famous that Individuals will help change the course of the pandemic and cut back the fast unfold of the virus following measures that public well being specialists have beneficial for months now: social distancing, sporting masks, gathering in small teams outdoor somewhat than indoors.

“The time for debating whether or not or not masks work is over,” Redfield added, saying that scientific research have repeatedly proven the effectiveness of masks in decreasing COVID-19 dangers. 

“Management issues when it comes to messaging,” mentioned Redfield, urging everybody to “acknowledge this can be a severe scenario.”

Outgoing President Donald Trump has repeatedly downplayed the specter of the virus. The White Home plans to carry a number of vacation events, despite the fact that Trump and dozens of individuals surrounding him, together with his relations, examined optimistic after a crowded White Home occasion earlier this fall.

In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) warned on Monday that he might problem a brand new stay-at-home order as hospitalizations have quickly elevated and intensive care models are projected to surpass capability mid-month in lots of areas of the state.

Redfield mentioned the nation was “severely underprepared” for the COVID-19 pandemic. He urged lawmakers to put money into the nation’s public well being programs in order that “the subsequent time this occurs — and there might be a subsequent time — this nation is far more ready.”

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