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Fall coronavirus surge looking worse than expected

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Fall coronavirus surge looking worse than expected
Posted at 4:20 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 11:26:10-04

A fall surge of COVID-19 was expected and many health experts say it is here with rising cases across the United States.

"The next 6 to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic," said Michael Osterholm, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. "Vaccines will not become available in any meaningful way until early to the third quarter of next year and even then half the population is even skeptical of taking the vaccine."

Despite cases climbing, Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn't see a nationwide lockdown as a way forward.

"Put shutdown away and say we're going to use public health measures to help us safely get to where we want to go," said Dr. Fauci.

Experts say Americans can help get the virus under control by heeding the guidelines touted by officials for months.

"We should be washing our hands. We should be social distancing," said Dr. Celine Gounder, Infectious Diseases Specialist. "We should be doing all of these things that we know work and masks are numbers 1, 2 and 3 in terms of what will prevent transmission of coronavirus."

Dr. Gounder says if we don't take this seriously now, we're going to find ourselves in a more difficult position over the next month.