Experts have been warning that the second wave of COVID-19 is highly possible, urging leaders to remain vigilant and extend the enhanced community quarantine. However, U.S. President Donald Trump believes that the virus “might not come back at all” despite what his health advisors said.
“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through. We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in contradiction with Donald Trump’s statement.
Governments across the globe are now employing varying degrees of community quarantine in an attempt to halt the march of the outbreak. The POTUS has already announced that they’re extending the social distancing guidelines from the end of April to early or late-summer.
A heated solution
But Redfield and U.S. Coronavirus Task Force Anthony Fauci advised that it should be longer, with the latter warning that the country might be seeing new cases even in the fall. William Bryan, an official with the Science and Technology division of the Department of Homeland Security, said that recent findings suggest that the virus may be susceptible to heat and sunlight.
“The virus is dying at a much more rapid pace just from exposure to higher temperatures and just from exposure to humidity,” Bryan said. Of course, this advantage will wane once the season changes. And there’s also the problem of people who completely believes the virus existence is a hoax,
Indeed, protesters have gathered in various parts of the country to resist the proposed quarantine measures. Numerous critics had blamed Donald Trump for encouraging this behavior when he called for residents to “liberate” their states.
Now, a woman in San Diego is facing arrest and misdemeanor charges after organizing a protest last weekend. If sentenced, she could be facing three months of jail time and 1,000 fine.
COVID19 death toll surpasses 190,000
Back in Wuhan – the city where the virus originated – some semblance of normalcy is being glimpsed. However, most are still apprehensive about the current climate as they believe that a second wave is indeed coming.
At the time writing, COVID-19 has managed to kill over 190,000 people all over the world, with confirmed cases now surpassing a staggering 2.7 million. Meanwhile, those that have recovered are around 738,000, giving glimpses of hope to the public and those battling at the frontlines.
Donald Trump, along with numerous leaders across the globe, has been scrambling to put an end to this pandemic. But, given that it’ll take a couple of years before a working vaccine can be made, these quarantine measures aren’t going away anytime soon.