Q&A with Dr. Michael Osterholm: ‘We’re just in the second inning of a nine-inning game’

Via USA Today

Q. The United States has 4% of the world’s population but has 28% of the recorded deaths from the coronavirus. Why is that?

A. Any number like that is artificial at best. If you had to add it up globally, we still play a very prominent role in the number of deaths that have occurred. But at the same time, I would say that we’re not any different than many areas of the world where there are lots of cases that are going uncounted, both deaths and regular cases.

Q. Why are you so concerned about another peak?

A. As much pain, suffering, death and economic disruption as we’ve had, it’s been with 5% to 20% of the people infected, and most of those areas of the country have been in the 5% to 10% range. That’s a long ways to get to 60% to 70% to even begin to see herd immunity. Think what we have to go through. This damn virus is going to keep going until it affects everybody that it possibly can.

Read the rest of Dr. Michael Osterholm’s Q&A with USA Today

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