CDC Director Warns Second Wave Of COVID-19 Will Be Even Worse

CDC Director Warns Second Wave Of COVID-19 Will Be Even Worse

CDC Director Warns Second Wave Of COVID-19 Will Be Even Worse

Trump's assertion Wednesday at a White House briefing is at odds with medical experts who say the virus could pose a threat to the US for months and years to come.

President Donald Trump began his Wednesday news conference by asking Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield to explain how he was "misquoted" in recent coverage of a Washington Post interview in which he said next winter might be "more difficult" than the past two months.

"I'm accurately quoted in The Washington Post as 'difficult, '" he said, taking issue with the headline's paraphrasing "more difficult" as "more devastating". "The wave hit me, I'm still standing, '" he said.

While there are available drugs and treatments for the flu, unlike the novel Coronavirus which still has no approved treatment or vaccine, it remains a deadly infection. To have both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could overwhelm hospitals and doctors' offices that are already stretched thin in a bad flu season.

"When I commented [Tuesday] that there was a possibility of the fall-winter, next fall-winter, could be more hard, more complicated, if we have two respiratory illnesses circulating at the same time, influenza and coronavirus-19", Redfield clarified. "We're going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time".

"We will have coronavirus in the fall".

After some initial media coverage of that interview, Trump claimed that Redfield was being "misquoted".

Trump says we may have some embers of coronavirus that come back, which will be put down.

When pressed by reporters, Redfield added that The Post had quoted him accurately, but he implied the headline of the story was misleading. "One of the greatest tools we have as we go through the fall-winter season is to get the American public to embrace the influenza vaccine and thereby minimize the impact of flu to be the other respiratory disease we confront". "What we have just gone through, we will not gone through". "And so the comment that I made, it's more hard.

But it's also possible it doesn't come back at all", Trump said.

President Donald Trump expressed confidence that the coronavirus won't hit the USA with the same intensity if it returns in the fall, suggesting the deadly disease "might not come back at all".

"It's not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses", she said on February 25. "I am convinced of that", said Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health, at the same briefing some minutes later.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Health and the White House's infectious disease expert, said scientists and doctors can not predict the scope of a second wave.

"When flu season comes, there is the possibility that we will be dealing with two respiratory viruses at the same time - flu and Covid", Dr. Thomas Frieden, the former head of the C.D.C. and the president of Resolve to Save Lives, a nonprofit focused on disease prevention, said in an email.

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