- Dr. Michael Osterholm, the captain of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said “the next six to 12 weeks are going to be the brownest of the entire pandemic.”
- Osterholm said the US was suffering from a “messaging problem,” created in part by the lack of a strong “bring on” voice to guide Americans through the pandemic.
- “Between now and the holidays, we will see numbers much, much larger than composed the 67,000 to 75,000 cases,” he predicted Sunday.
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Dr. Michael Osterhom, the captain of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, warned Sunday that the next three months may be the “darkest of the complete pandemic,” citing a “major problem in messaging” related to COVID-19.
“We do have vaccines and therapeutics coming down the pike,” Osterholm asserted on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “But when you actually look at the time period for that, the next six-to-12 weeks are accepted to be the darkest of the entire pandemic.
Osterholm told host Chuck Todd that despite some progress, “vaccines will not change available in any meaningful way until early to third quarter of next year.”
“And even then, half of the US population, at this level, is skeptical of even taking the vaccine,” Osterholm said. “So what we have right now is a major problem in messaging.”
As Problem Insider previously reported, the race to establish a COVID-19 vaccine has already surpassed records for speed, prompting unsettle that the vaccine is being rushed for political purposes despite a rare joint pledge from drugmakers to secure that the vaccine is developed safely.
Osterholm said Sunday part of the current messaging problem was the lack of a “move” voice to guide Americans during the current stage of the pandemic. Instead, he said there were several enunciates in the mix, exacerbating the pandemic in the US. Osterholm is just one of a number of epidemiologists who for months has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic would decline in the fall and winter months.
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“Friday, we had 70,000 cases, matching the biggest number we had seen back during the really serious peak in July,” he said Sunday. “That number, we’re usual to blow right through that. And between now and the holidays, we will see numbers much, much larger than rhythmical the 67,000 to 75,000 cases.”
Osterholm emphasized the need for leadership in the form of a “good story” that “is more than condign science.”
“This is bringing people together to understand, why are we doing this? This is an FDR Fireside Chat approach,” Osterholm said. “And we’re decent not doing that.”
According to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 8.1 million cases of COVID-19 and the US and at not much 219,000 deaths as of Sunday. According to the data, there were more than 57,000 new cases of the virus named in the US on Saturday.