A former World Health Organization doctor who helped eradicate smallpox said the global fight against COVID-19 will continue for at least the next four years, as the virus moves from one hotspot to one. ‘other.
Dr. Larry Brilliant, a California epidemiologist, told USA TODAY that the next few years will not be “all tragic” as effective vaccines will emerge.
“We will still be chasing the virus in four years. But it won’t be like (today), ”Brilliant said.
“It will be like the smallpox eradication program. The polio eradication program. Have yellow fever in some countries and not in others.
“We’re going to have a tough and rocky ride.
Dr Larry Brilliant, a California epidemiologist who was part of the WHO team that fought smallpox eradication in the 1970s, said the global fight against COVID-19 will continue for at least the next four years.
Dr Brilliant, who was part of the WHO team that fought smallpox eradication in the 1970s, now chairs the Ending Pandemics Advisory Committee.
He said the United States was likely to see a substantial increase in deaths and infections.
Currently, there are now 4.7 million cases of coronavirus in the United States, and more than 155,000 Americans have died.
Dr Brilliant said the challenges ahead included Labor Day celebrations, reopening of schools, election lines and flu season.
It comes as Dr Anthony Fauci said in the United States needed to reduce new COVID-19 cases to less than 10,000 per day next month or risk catastrophic fall.
Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States, said on Monday that coronavirus cases had to decline rapidly in order to bring the pandemic under control by the end of the year.
The United States currently records an average of 60,000 cases per day, bringing the total number of infections to more than 4.7 million.
“The country continues to register between 50,000 and 60,000 new cases per day, which suggests that it is in the midst of the first wave,” Fauci told Dr. Howard Bauchner of JAMA Network.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the United States, said on Monday that coronavirus cases needed to decline rapidly in order to be able to control the pandemic by the end of the year.
If we don’t reduce them, we will have a very bad situation in the fall.
The epidemic first hit the United States in March when New York and other northeastern states surged.
Infections were on a downward trajectory before soaring in Sunbelt states in June and July.
Fauci said when the number of cases initially declined, the baseline was around 20,000.
He said even 20,000 new cases every day was “not a favorable baseline.”
“We have to put our arms around this and contain it as we go into the fall,” he said of the recent increase in cases.
Fauci urged Americans to “show some consistency” when it comes to wearing masks, hand washing and social distancing.
“It’s not rocket science,” he said.
He said if people do not follow these countermeasures, “the virus, if left on its own, will continue to resurface.”
Fauci said when cases initially declined in May after hitting mostly in the northeast, cases were down to a baseline of around 20,000. He said even 20,000 new cases every day were “not a favorable baseline ”.