One look at the coronavirus hotspots across the country shows what may be next in the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to The Associated Press, parts of the Mountain West and parts of the North are currently seeing spikes in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, which could be a sign of what’s to come in the winter months.
- The coronavirus is spreading north and west as people move inside. This can only continue as the pandemic moves into the winter months.
- “We’re going to see a lot of outbreaks in unvaccinated people that will result in serious illness, and it’s going to be tragic,” Dr. Donald Milton, of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, to The Associated Press.
There is already some fear that the delta variant could cause more cases of coronavirus this winter, especially among those not getting the vaccine, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- “We’re moving in the right direction now … but with the number of cases still high, we need to remain vigilant as we head into the colder, drier winter months,” she told CNN on Wednesday.
dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NPR that the main goal for the winter will be to keep hospitalizations and deaths low.
- “We are looking for a level of control… where the level of infection – mainly through vaccination, but also people who may have been infected and have some degree of protection – will not disrupt society as the COVID-19 outbreak is currently doing to us,” said Fauci.
- “So if we go into the winter months with the challenge of a respiratory infection getting worse in the winter months, we can get through this if we really put a lot of effort into getting as many people as possible vaccinated,” Fauci said. .