NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) — Health experts are already looking ahead to see how colder months will affect COVID-19 cases, but unlike last year, vaccines are widely available and natural immunity plays an important role.
Experts predict that the number of cases will increase around Thanksgiving, but it’s not expected to do as much damage or last nearly as long.
A new study shows that a winter wave may already be underway. The colder weather is driving people in and immunity to vaccinations is beginning to wane.
Doctors also say people are being less careful than they were around this time last year, especially if they’re wearing masks.
Health experts encourage people to be smart around the holidays and use the tools that researchers say work, such as getting vaccinated and wearing masks.
“Now there are a lot of people with vaccination-induced immunity and a lot of people with natural immunity, and that makes it harder for the virus to infect people,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja of Johns Hopkins University.