CDC director Says 2nd Wave of Coronavirus Likely to Hit U.S. Next Year

April 16, 2020

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CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Wednesday, and said that the U.S. should brace for a second wave of the coronavirus to hit in 2021, the New York Post reports. “I think we have to assume this is like other respiratory viruses, and there will be a seasonality to it,” Redfield said. He also said that the U.S. needs to ramp up testing capacity immediately, as well as new containment measures like contact tracing, to prepare for another possible large-scale outbreak. “The CDC is science-based, data-driven, [so> until we see it, we don’t know for certain [there will be a resurgence>,” Redfield said. “But it is critical that we plan that this virus is likely to follow a seasonality pattern similar to flu, and we’re going to have another battle with it upfront and aggressively next winter.” He also said, "We are working hard to augment [public health tools> now so that as we get into the next season, we’ll be able to stay in high containment mode while we complement that with some continued mitigation strategies,” Redfield said. As of Wednesday night, more than 637,000 Americans have been infected by the virus, and over 30,000 have died, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.