- If coronaviruses continue to rage, the United States could experience the worst public health crisis in modern history, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Dr. Robert Redfield warns, saying The combination of coronavirus with the annual flu season can lead to a public health crisis.
- He advised people not only to “wear masks, keep social distance, wash hands and be smart in public,” but also get a flu shot. Flu killed 80,000 Americans during the 2017-2018 season.
- A flu shot protects everyone and reduces the stress on the health care system.
- Redfield says the measures used to limit the spread of the coronavirus may also help contain the flu.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that public health in the United States could reach a critical point in the fall if coronaviruses are rampant.
CDC director, Dr. Robert Redfield, said seasonal flu combined with increasing cases of coronavirus could increase the impact of the deadly pandemic.
“I ask you to do four simple things: put on a mask, keep your distance from society, wash your hands and be smart in public. If you do those four things, it will reduce flare-ups,”; Redfield said. “But, if we don’t do that … this could be the worst demise from a public health perspective we’ve ever had.”
“I keep telling people, I’m not asking some Americans to do it – we all have to do it,” Redfield said, suggesting that where America goes depends in part on whether Americans have taken the recommended steps that scientists and public health officials have been lobbying for months since COVID-19 began to spread in the US.
“It depends on how Americans choose to react,” says Redfield. “It was really the worst timing or best timing, up to the American public. I’m optimistic.”
The United States is one of the countries with the highest confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths, with more than 5.2 million infections and more than 167,000 deaths as of August 13.
On Wednesday, the United States reported 55,910 new cases. The country also recorded the highest number of deaths per day since mid-May: 1,499.
Redfield also advised Americans to get a flu shot this year and stressed that measures being used to curb the spread of coronavirus, such as staying away from society and wearing masks, will also help limit the spread. of the flu.
Influenza is the most common cause of death in the US, but less than half of the population received the flu vaccine last year, according to CBS News.
Flu season 2017-2018 is the most intense flu season in modern history. More than 80,000 people have died from the virus infection, CNN reported at the time.
The CDC has called on the public to get a flu shot to help protect themselves and also limit the burden on the health care system. According to CBS, Redfield expects 65% of the population to be vaccinated against the flu this year.
“We’re going to have COVIDs in the fall, and we’re going to get the flu in the fall, and either of these can be stressful for some hospital systems,” Redfield said. “I’ve seen the hospital’s intensive care unit stretched by a severe flu season, and apparently we’ve all seen that recently with COVID.”
“So by getting that flu shot, you can deny the need to stay in a hospital bed and then that bed could be made more available to people hospitalized for COVID,” he said.