Next 6 to 12 weeks will be the ‘darkest of the entire pandemic’: Top infectious disease expert

Next 6 to 12 weeks will be the ‘darkest of the entire pandemic’: Top infectious disease expert

Doctor Michael Osterholm, Director of Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, warned that the next 6-12 weeks months will be the ‘darkest of the entire pandemic.’

While speaking with Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press, Osterholm gave a grim prognosis for Americans that have already experienced 8.13 million coronavirus infections and 219,000 deaths.

‘We’re not telling the full story. We do have vaccines and therapeutics coming down the pike, but when you look at the time period for that, the next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the pandemic, he said.

‘Vaccines will not become available in any meaningful way until early to [the] third quarter of next year. And even then, about half of the U.S. population at this point is skeptical of even taking the vaccine.’

Covid-19 deaths currently average about 700 a day – far off their peak in April with nearly 2,000 daily deaths.

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