The United States is living in the most dangerous public health moment since the 1918 influenza pandemic, Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said Wednesday.
“The challenges we have before us right now with the ever increasing number of cases, rapidly increasing number of cases in many areas, that we are going to see our hospitals literally on the verge of collapse,” Osterholm told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “That's what we have to understand we're where we're at right now.”
The US is seeing close to 200,000 new Covid-19 cases every day, and health experts have predicted that number could increase.
“I worry that the Thanksgiving Day surge will then just add into what will become the Christmas surge, which will then make this one seem as if it wasn't so bad,” said Osterholm, a member of the Biden-Harris Covid-19 Advisory Council.
“So, we have to understand we’re in a very dangerous place. People have to stop swapping air. It’s just that simple,” he said.
“And if we don't, we're going to see many, many of our friends, colleagues and loved ones ending up in a hospital and, unfortunately, some of them not making it,” he added.