Infectious Disease Expert: “The darkest of all pandemics” has yet to come


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Michael Osterholm, said a famous infectious disease expert NBC Sunday Meet the Press that “the next six to 12 weeks will be the darkest of all pandemic“And expressed concern that the U.S. does not have a leading voice that can guide society.

“Vaccines will only make sense early [the] third quarter of next year. And even then, about half of the U.S. population is currently skeptical of even vaccine use, ”said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Osterholm drew attention to the daily routine 70,000 new cases of COVID-19 In the US on Friday – the highest level since July. Between now and the holidays, the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is likely to “explode through it,” he said.

He emphasized that one cause for concern was that society was led by many voices, not just one: “it is part of the problem”.

Michael Osterholm


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Michael Osterholm

“It simply came to our notice then. It brings people together to understand why we do so. It’s an FDR conversation method over fire, and we just don’t do it, “he said, referring to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s evening radio announcements during the Great Depression, which boosted public confidence.

Osterholm said the goal is to achieve herd immunity not by allowing people to become infected with the virus, but by vaccinating them through a vaccination program. This requires strengthening public confidence.

“We need someone to start formulating,‘ What is our long-term plan? How do we get there? Why are we asking people to sacrifice alienation? Why do we tell people if you really love your family, don’t come home over Thanksgiving or Christmas and end up not infecting mom or dad, grandpa and grandma. At the moment, that story is not happening, and it is as important as science itself, ”he said.

Osterholm hoped that the number of COVID-19 cases would increase in the coming weeks, but he vehemently rejected the idea that herd immunity could be a solution to a pandemic or that it could only be achieved in an infected 20% of the population. That low percentage was reported to have been offered by Scott Atlas, Medical Adviser to Trump.

“First of all, this 20% figure is the most amazing combination of pixie dust and pseudoscience I’ve ever seen,” Osterholm said. “It’s at least 50-70 percent.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci also rejected this idea that herd immunity can be achieved at such a low percentage.

Attempts to achieve herd immunity through infection rather than vaccination will have negative results, Osterholm added. “There will be a lot of deaths, a lot of serious diseases,” he said.

Even if 50-70% of the population becomes infected, the transmission of the virus is only slowed down, not stopped, he said.

“So this virus will keep looking for wood to burn for as long as it can. “So our goal is to protect as many people as possible with the vaccine,” he said.

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