UPDATED 12:20 PM PT – Thursday, August 13, 2020
CDC Director Robert Redfield has issued a dire warning for this coming fall. On Wednesday, the federal health official warned Americans to follow safety measures or risk exposure to “the worst fall we’ve ever had.”
The U.S. is currently facing the threat of a second wave of COVID-19 as the cold and flu season approaches. According to Redfield, the cold weather autumn brings could push more people indoors, where the virus spreads more easily.
An influx of both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time could reportedly overwhelm health care facilities.
However, Redfield is optimistic about potentially developing a COVID vaccine.
“I’ve never seen vaccine development move like this. There’s actually a very effective private-public partnership in the private sector. There’s six vaccines now that are moving forward extremely rapidly, three of which now are already in phase three trials. I suspect there’ll be a fourth.” – Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In the meantime, the CDC has urged Americans to get flu shots and has also purchased 10 million extra doses to prepare accordingly.