How Bad Will Coronavirus Outbreak Second Wave Be As States Ease Lockdowns?

Per a new report, health experts are now warning that the question we should all be asking right now isn’t whether the coronavirus will hit back with a second wave, but rather when it will do so and just how bad it’s going to be.

Coronavirus Second Wave Imminent, Per Experts

And so we have all managed to reach this point. A few months and thousands of casualties later, the coronavirus quarantine has ended for majority of the country and an increasing number of states are starting to reopen, albeit rather chaotically.

This is because while parts of the economy are starting to reopen as majority of the country has managed to “flatten the curve,” several states still have infection rates that are still at different stages, which is why everyone is still being advised to practice safety precautions, as well as to not celebrate just yet.

Far from it, in fact, since public health experts from other countries recently warned that the coronavirus having a second wave should be expected by now and is something we should all be preparing for. Furthermore, predictions also state that the second wave might even be deadlier than the first, with the high possibility of it coming back alongside the annual flu season.

“There will be a second wave, but the problem is to which extent. Is it a small wave or a big wave? It’s too early to say,” Olivier Schwartz, head of the virus and immunity unit at France’s Pasteur Institute, said.

“Make no mistakes: This virus is still circulating in our community, perhaps even more now than in previous weeks,” Linda Ochs, director of the Health Department in Shawnee County, Kansas, said.

So far, the U.S. has seen around 1.2 million infections, with 71,000 of them dying from the coronavirus. By contrast, Europe has experienced over 144,000 reported coronavirus deaths. However, all experts agree that the numbers are still an undercount because of limited testing.

Furthermore, if the second wave does come back during the winter months, then the numbers are bound to just go significantly higher unless we truly prepare for the worst.

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