Dr. Richard Berman, a physician who spent the last few years leading efforts to combat the spread of the coronovirus, believes he and other health officials are not at all in the position to make predictions about what will happen with the outbreak.
Berman, who is the director of infectious disease at the University of Michigan Medical School and is a member of the Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is not predicting a sudden, dramatic decline in the virus.
Instead, he said, the most likely scenario is a gradual reduction of the number of people infected.
“The good news is that the infection has been decreasing, so the virus is decreasing over time,” Berman said.
“The bad news is the virus has not been decreasing in any of the countries where we’ve seen it.”
He said the CDC will continue to work on prevention, education, and treatment for the virus, and the country is well-positioned to handle the situation.
“What we can say is that we are in a very, very good position to deal with the disease and to deal effectively with the virus and the response,” he said.
Bermudez is among a handful of medical experts who have been sounding the alarm over the potential for a pandemic and other related illnesses to emerge from the coronivirus outbreak.
He noted that the U.S. has had a record-setting number of coronaviruses.
“I don’t think that anybody really believes we’re out of the woods yet,” he told IGN.
Dr. Berman said that despite the potential threat of pandemic-level infections, there’s no reason to panic.””
We’ve had enough of these coronavires.”
Dr. Berman said that despite the potential threat of pandemic-level infections, there’s no reason to panic.
“We have had enough cases of this disease, we have enough deaths, and we have had sufficient people who’ve been in the field, we’re in the trenches, and it’s really not a big deal,” he added.
“And we have a very good public health response, which is the best it’s ever been.”
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