A new wave of COVID-19 cases is expected to hit the United States around Thanksgiving, just as the holiday season begins, public health experts warn.
But with more and more Americans vaccinated, it probably won’t stick around or do so much damage this season because there’s a level of protection this season that wasn’t there last year, they say.
“I don’t think the spike will be as bad as last winter because we have vaccines available and approval for younger age groups is a big change, especially for hospitalizations and death rates,” said Monica Wang, an associate professor of community education. health sciences at Boston University School of Public Health.
The threat of another COVID wave is real, and political leaders like California Governor Gavin Newsom, whose state is still recovering from a spate of delta-variant infections that clogged hospital emergency rooms, are urging Americans to remain vigilant.
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