After months of warnings, the fears of many medical experts seem to be coming true: autumn and winter bring with them a new national influx of coronavirus cases. Now that colder weather is pushing more people indoors and Americans are preparing to gather for the upcoming holidays, many say conditions could get bleak as the season passes. In fact, one expert told CNN that a few months in particular could be the worst of the pandemic we’ve seen so far. “This winter – this November, December, January, February – may be the worst time of our epidemic,” Peter Hottes, MD, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor Medical College, told CNN on Oct. 13. Read on to find out more, and for a home virus screening test, know that if you can̵
The terrible warnings are coming, as more than 20 countries have reported record levels of new cases in the last few days. According to New York Times, the national average of new cases is 50,492 cases per day as of October 13, an increase of 19 percent from the average two weeks ago.
Hotez went on to describe how a relatively short decline in late summer gave way to the grim prediction that a second or third wave of the virus was about to strike. “We recently went down to the lowest point in early September, about 30,000-35,000 new cases a day,” he explained. “Now we’re going back to (about) 50,000 new cases a day. And that’s going to keep growing.”
Read on to find out how bad things can happen with COVID, based on current forecasts from the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) at the University of Washington. And for more signs you need to know, know that this “crazy” symptom means you have COVID, not the flu.