CDC director warns COVID-19 second wave could be the deadliest. Can it be similar to Spanish flu’s second wave?
There is a possibility that the attack of the virus on our nation next fall will be even more difficult than the one we just went through.
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, has predicted that a second wave of the COVID-19 would be far more deadly as it is likely to coincide with the start of the flu season.
Redfield said, “There is a possibility that the attack of the virus on our nation next fall will be even more difficult than the one we just went through. And when I have spoken about this to others, they kind of put their head back; they do not understand what I mean.”
While speaking to CNN, the American Medical Association President, Dr. Patrice Harris, said, “It is important information coming from Dr. Redfield. Physicians are already worried about the second wave and certainly, we knew that if this virus acts like other viruses, we could see a resurge in the fall.”
Harris further added, “I am also worried about the second wave to come sooner. I am concerned about those states who are relaxing and not taking these ‘stay home regulations’ seriously.”
Neurosurgeon, medical reporter, and writer, Dr. Sanjay Gupta told CNN about the preventive measures that should be needed during the second wave. He said, “We have talked about making sure hospitals are adequately prepared in terms of beds, surge capacity, and possibly breathing machines. We need to make sure that we have enough personal protective equipment.”
Second Wave of Past Pandemics
History of past pandemics shows that they come in waves. The second wave of a century-old pandemic ‘Spanish flu’ was significantly larger than the first and far more deadly.
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