More than 20 experts shared their thoughts on the future, post coronavirus pandemic and warned the virus is spreading from America’s biggest cities to its suburbs and rural areas.
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“We face a doleful future,” said Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, a former president of the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. William Schaffner, a preventive medicine specialist at Vanderbilt University medical school said the virus could ease off in summer.
“My optimistic side says the virus will ease off in the summer and a vaccine will arrive like the cavalry,”
“But I’m learning to guard against my essentially optimistic nature.”– he added
Most experts believe, the US has the capability to bounce back and the economy could be revived quickly.
Dr. Anthony Fauci science adviser to the White House coronavirus task force said we need to change out tactics periodically to get better results
“All models are just models,”
“When you get new data, you change them.” — he added.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the former director of the C.D.C said the US needs to follow strict measures before reopening the economy
“Reopening requires declining cases for 14 days, the tracing of 90 percent of contacts, an end to health care worker infections, recuperation places for mild cases and many other hard-to-reach goals.” — he said.
“We need to reopen the faucet gradually, not allow the floodgates to reopen,”
“This is a time to work to make that day come sooner.” — he added.
Dr. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine warned about the second wave and said the emergency rooms could get busy again.
“There’s this magical thinking saying, ‘We’re all going to hunker down for a while and then the vaccine we need will be available,’”– he said.
Experts also said new and strict lockdowns may emerge if more people get infected at once.
Dr. Bruce Aylward who led the W.H.O. observer team to China calls for strict isolation measures for people who test positive.
In China, every person who tests positive (irrespective of how severe their symptoms) are required to enter an infirmary-style hospital and will be discharged only after testing negative.
“If I was forced to select only one intervention, it would be the rapid isolation of all cases,”– he said
When it comes to the vaccine, most experts who are familiar with the vaccine production believe it would take at least 12 months to get a vaccine.
“Fewer get harmed if you do a challenge trial in a few people than if you do a Phase 3 trial in thousands,” said Dr. Lipsitch, who recently published a paper advocating challenge trials in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
With chances for getting a vaccine in near future looks bleak, social distancing and vigorous testing becomes so important in combating Coronavirus.