The Director of the Centers for control and prevention of diseases of the USA Robert Redfield said in an interview with the Washington Post on April 22 that the new outbreak of coronavirus in the winter can have more negative consequences than the first.
There is a possibility that a flu epidemic and the epidemic of coronavirus match, he explained.
The first wave of the epidemic of the coronavirus fell on US at the moment as the peak flu season was coming to an end. If two flashes coincided, “uhthat would be very difficult from the point of view of the capacity of the health system,” said Redfield.
In season 2018/2019, according to the assessment of the CDC in the US from the flu killed more than 34 thousand people, about 490 thousand were hospitalized. Data for the 2019/2020 season has not yet been published. According to the latest official data from the coronavirus in the United States killed more than 46 thousand people, the total number of infected exceeded 842 thousand, has informed television channel CNN.
Redfield warned that the two epidemics at the same time can lead to “unimaginable burden” on the health care system. That is why, he says, prepresentatives of the health care system the US should encourage more Americans to get vaccinated against the flu this summer. This will help reduce the number of hospitalizations of flu patients, if the healthcare system will again be overloaded with patients with coronavirus infection.
Edition of USA Today writes that at a daily briefing on the evening of Sunday 22 April, the President of the United States Donald trump protested interviews of Redfield. He suggested that the official had been misquoted.
“I didn’t say it would be worse. I said that it will be more complicated, potentially more difficult, because we are circulating influenza and coronavirus at the same time”, – said the Director of the Department.
When he said, correctly quoted him journalists of the Washington Post, he replied in the affirmative.
The publication notes that trump has repeatedly predicted that if the coronavirus will re-appear in the autumn, it “cannot be what was.” The US President said that any “embers” of the virus will be quickly destroyed.
USA occupy the first place the world in the number of infections and deaths from coronavirus.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to information of the American Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus, the world has infected more than 2.62 million people, more than 183,4 thousand of them died, and 713,5 thousand recovered.