Washington – Dr Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, warned Sunday that the current wave of new coronavirus infections is likely to be the “biggest wave” the country is experiencing before vaccination.
“We have to withstand this wave of proliferation right now,” Gottlieb told Face the Nation on Sunday. “And perhaps this will be the biggest wave we are experiencing without the benefits of a vaccinated population.”
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 8.1million coronavirus cases have been reported in the United States, and the death toll is approaching 220,000. Hospitalizations are growing in 42 states and epidemics are rising in 45 states, Gottlieb said.
“In fact, there is no stopping the spread we are witnessing,” he said, adding that it was “the most difficult phase of this epidemic.”
Gottlieb said coronavirus infection was on the rise as states took steps to mitigate the spread of the virus, including by requiring masks in public places and indoors, encouraging social distancing and limiting the number of people in restaurants and bars.
“If we didn’t take these steps, if people didn’t wear masks at all and some states didn’t follow some mitigation tactics, and if we didn’t conduct testing and tracking, then we would have a much worse distribution,” he said.
The latest surge in coronavirus cases is when millions of people are preparing to go to the polls for early voting or voting on November 3, although election officials encourage voters to vote by mail or develop a plan to ensure the safe selection of their votes.
Gottlieb said precautions were being taken at polling stations and warned that the “biggest risks” were places where people were more comfortable and could let their guards down.
“When you talk to governors about where the spread is, it’s in local communities where people feel more comfortable, in a local moose club, big family gatherings,” he said.
While coronavirus infections are on the rise, President Trump has done soon the election campaign, holding large rallies with thousands of participants, many of whom did not wear masks. Mr. Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus this month and was treated for COVID-19 for three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Gottlieb said Trump’s campaign was “problematic” and questioned the White House’s strategy to combat the spread of coronavirus.
“They are against general disguise. They are against testing asymptomatic and asymptomatic people. They say testing should only be for the vulnerable. They want businesses and schools to reopen, like all of us, and they are against targeted mitigation. like closing restaurants, “Gottlieb said of the White House. “There has been criticism of New York when New York kept restaurants closed. So the question is, what strategy? And I think the strategy is just to withstand the spread until we get to this vaccine.”
However, it is unlikely that the coronavirus vaccine will be available to the general public until 2021.