The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says a decline in mortality from coronavirus cases across the country is in sight but adds that "we need to stay vigilant to the mitigation steps right now." (Aug. 20)
ROBERT REDFIELD: I do think we're gonna start to see significant declines in mortality across the country in the next-- hopefully, next week we'll start to see a decline. It's gonna lag cases by around 4 or 2-- you know, 3 to 4 weeks. I'm saddened that we've lost as many lives as we've lost. On the other hand, I feel that the response that we've done collectively as a nation has really saved a lot of lives. And we need to stay vigilant to the mitigation steps right now, because, come the fall, if we have flu causing its problems and we have COVID causing it problems, and they build on each other, we could end up with another loss of significant life.
This fall and winter could be one of the most complicated public health times we have with the two coming at the same time. On the other hand, I'm an optimist that if the American public heeds the advice that we said about the face covering and the social distancing and the handwashing and being smart about crowds, this could be one of the best flu seasons we had, and particularly if they do one more thing. And that is to embrace the flu vaccine with confidence. I think this is a critical year for us to try to take flu as much off the table as we can. Probably the most important thing is we are beginning, I think, to turn the tide on what I call the Southern outbreak in the nation.