“The coming months will look better than the coming weeks,” said former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan at an event hosted by Duke University on Tuesday.
“Things will gradually start to improve,” he said. “It won’t be months ahead. But it will start to improve by early 2021,” he said with the help of a vaccine.
Experts have warned of a difficult stretch ahead. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said if the number of states continued to move at the same rate, “1,000 Arkansans could die from Covid-19 between now and Christmas.” Texas officials have deployed two mobile refrigerated trucks in the town of Amarillo, while in another part of the state, health officials warn that they are preparing for the second half of the pandemic as holidays nearby.
“If we don’t do the right things at half-time to come up with a strategy and put our actions together so we’re ready for the second half, we’ll be overwhelmed by our opponent and that’s Covid-19,” said Dr. Umayr Shah, CEO. of Harris County Health Department, told CNN.
Governor of Illinois: We can save “thousands of lives” with measures
As of early Wednesday morning, 47 states reported at least a 10 percent increase in new cases from the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. concerning six of these countries had a jump of over 50%. Against the backdrop of the crisis, more and more governors and local officials are announcing new measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 in their communities.
“We will continue to see an increase in both hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 for weeks to come due to infections that have already occurred,” the governor said. “But we can change our long-term outcome. We can save thousands of lives in the next few months if we make changes right now to stop this on our way.”
A home stay council began in Chicago on Monday, where city officials also urged residents not to have guests in their homes, to cancel traditional Thanksgiving holidays and to avoid travel.
Similar measures have been announced in the United States in recent days.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a curfew Thursday that will run from 10 to 5 p.m.
In Maryland, the governor issued an emergency order effective Friday, calling for all bars and restaurants to be closed between 10pm and 6am, with the exception of delivery and delivery services.
“We are currently at war,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “And the virus is winning. Now, more than ever, I am asking the people of our country to stay together for a while longer.”
The students said to stay home after the holidays
As the number of cases in the United States increases, schools and universities are also looking at what their next steps should look like, especially after the holiday season, which experts fear will further fuel the country’s widespread spread of the virus.
In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh said the holidays were “a particularly high risk for students who do not live at home.”
“Usually many students travel to their hometown for Thanksgiving and then return to campus by the end of the semester,” Walsh said. “We asked the students not to do that this year. If you come home for Thanksgiving, you shouldn’t go back to Boston this semester, you should do the rest of your studies … remotely.”
Earlier this week, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont also issued guidelines for overseas students planning to return home to Connecticut for the holiday.
He said returning students should self-quarantine for 14 days before or after returning home, be tested for Covid-19 both before leaving school and after returning home, and not attend parties or meetings. and not be quarantined with elderly or at-risk family members.
“We can’t impose that,” Lamont said. “I will have to rely on your good judgment … that you will follow the protocols, follow the quarantine and follow the testing.”
Return to normal
Despite the good news about the vaccine front, the director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, warned Americans not to “jump the gun.”
“It’s pretty amazing that vaccine trials have reached that point so quickly,” he said, adding that it usually takes about eight years for a vaccine to be developed.
Although the high levels of efficacy of vaccines should be encouraging, he said there are still a few steps ahead before one is approved and available.
“It’s not going to be a quick data deal,” he said. “They will look very closely to make sure everything is safe and effective, and then they will assess whether both vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, are actually eligible for emergency use,” Collins said.
The two companies could receive EUAs by early to mid-December, he added.
“If these two vaccines are approved, authorized for emergency use, there will be about 40 million doses ready to be delivered in December,” he said.
People will need two doses of both vaccines. “So that’s 20 million people who can be immunized, and we’re going to have to make sure it’s used for people at the highest risk,” he said.
More doses will be available each month thereafter, Collins said, and there are other vaccine candidates who may also gain approval.
“The hope is that by April we will really start seeing a lot of people get immunized, and we will certainly hope that by the summer most of America will be immune to this, and we can start thinking about getting back to life. as normal, ”Collins said.
CNN’s Gregory Lemos, Karma Hassan, Kelly Christ, Shelby Lynn Erdman, Brad Parks and Gisela Crespo contributed to the report.