Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm warns Americans not to leave their guard, even as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline.
“Let’s just say we’re in the hurricane’s field right now,” Osterholm told Meet the Press on Sunday. “It simply came to our notice then. We even see a blue sky. ”
But Osterholm said that the more infectious B.1.1.7. a variant of the UK rises below the surface. Responsible for only 1
“And we’ve seen in Europe, when we reach that 50 percent, you’ll see an increase in cases,” said Osterholm, who is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Osterholm also said the new version is even spreading to younger people – just as schools in many areas are reopening – and mentioned a high school outbreak in his home state of Minnesota last week.
“We have difficult days ahead of the older population and the younger population with this new variant of the virus,” he said.
Osterholm praised the pace of vaccination efforts in the country, but warned that current figures and vaccines offered in the coming weeks “will not take care of the problem at all.”
“We still have a lot of high-risk people,” he said. “When this tide comes in, they will be very vulnerable.”
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