The CDC and Dr. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, are on the same page when it comes to the coronavirus: Things are going to get worse this fall. As school is back in session, flu season is on the horizon, and there is an urgency to reopen the country as it once was, the country’s top health experts warn that we might experience the worst fall in U.S. public health history.
Warnings from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
“For your country right now and for the war that we’re in against COVID, I’m asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I’m not asking some of America to do it,” Redfield told WebMD. “We all gotta do it.”
Without following the recommendations, this could be “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we’ve ever had,” he said.
Some officials are already preparing for the worst
Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri, extended the city’s coronavirus state of emergency order until January 16, 2021. The order requires most people to wear face coverings in public places and limits crowds at bars to 50 percent capacity.
“It is now obvious to everyone that COVID-19 is not going away over the next five months,” Kansas City Health Department Director Dr. Rex Archer said in a news release Thursday. “As we move out of summer and into fall and winter, we will still be confronting this health emergency.”
Flu season is up next
As of Tuesday, August 18, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.4 million people, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The virus continues to spread at sporadic rates across the South, Midwest, and West. As fall approaches, so does the seasonal flu season. “You can’t run away from the numbers,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Diseases, said during a National Geographic panel Thursday.
“You can’t run away from the numbers of people who’ve died, the number of people getting hospitalized, the surges we’re seeing.” -Dr. Anthony Fauci
Fauci warns rushing to reopen the country will have repercussions
The United States needs to get control of COVID-19 and carefully reopen the country, or the consequences could be devastating, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Thursday, August 13.
“To think that you can ignore the biologic and get the economy back, it’s not gonna happen,” said Fauci. “You gotta do both. You gotta get control of the biologic as you carefully open the country.”
Fauci went on to emphasize the importance of acting in a cautious and prudent manner.
He said it goes beyond the financial aspects and that what happens it could be devastating psychologically and medically.
Fauci warned that if things get worse, longer quarantines will be the result. “If you’re really shut down, children may not get their vaccinations. People don’t go to hospitals when they get chest pain,” he added. “There’s a lot of different things that could go wrong, beyond the economy.”