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Will We be Prepared For the 2nd COVID-19 wave?
Will there be a second wave?
COVID-19 might follow a seasonal up-and-down pattern like other types of coronaviruses and the influenza virus, which tend to arrive in fall and peak in winter months
The H1N1 influenza pandemic, hit the U.S. in the spring of 2009 and returned for a second wave in the fall and winter.
There is a strong likelihood that we will experience a second wave and possibly more waves starting this fall and winter, with a potential peak around October or November
If social distancing, masking and hand hygiene are not in place a second wave could possibly come even sooner—like sometime this summer
One complicating factor is our flu season
Our health systems already deal with thousands of people coming in with flu-related illness, and with COVID-19 on top of that, it will get overwhelming rapidly
During the 2019-2020 flu season, there were at least 39 million cases of the flu and upwards of 24,000 deaths, according to estimates by the CDC.
As of May 27, 2020, COVID-19 has already infected over 1.7 million Americans and taken over 100,000 lives in the United States.