US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said the coronavirus could “reground” itself in the northern hemisphere in later this year, and he does not rule out the possibility of new lockdown measures and restrictions.
“We’ve seen evidence that the concerns it would go south in the southern hemisphere like flu [are coming true], and you’re seeing what’s happening in Brazil now,” Redfield told the Financial Times in an exclusive interview.
“And then when the southern hemisphere is over I suspect it will reground itself in the north," he added.
Remember: Brazil just saw its biggest single-day increase in the number of cases, adding to the concern is that the flu virus also begins to spread in the fall.
Redfield said he could not guarantee that another lockdown in the United States would not be needed. If the country experiences a bad flu season and is also forced to contend with a resurgence of coronavirus, Redfield said that could put a lot of stress on the health system.
Redfield raised similar concerns about a fall resurgence of the virus in an interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta in February.
Gupta said on CNN's New Day, “There was a concern. We didn't know for sure. Now we have more data, as you look at what's happened in the Southern Hemisphere. But I think that in some ways the CDC, the premiere public health organization, has been thinking, planning for this for some time."