Solopos.com, JAKARTA–Experts warn that a new wave of Corona that is feared could hit young people. Check out the reviews on health tips this time.
This new wave of Corona was born as a result of a new variant of the Corona Covid-19 virus, American infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm said about the possibility of a new wave of Covid-19. According to him, this new wave especially in America will be more likely to attack younger people.
“I believe, in some ways we are almost in a new pandemic,” said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. detikcom, Tuesday (6/4/2021).
“The only good news is the current vaccine is effective against the specific variant B117,” he explained.
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In addition to the new variant known to be more contagious and deadly, Osterholm also said it was more likely to affect children, an age group that during the pandemic was less affected by Covid-19.
“Unlike previous strains of the virus, we didn’t see children under eighth grade getting infected frequently or that they didn’t get very sick often,” Osterholm said.
“Children play a big role in this transmission,” he added.
Osterholm said he initially supported students who were physically fit returning to the classroom, but because the virus mutated he advised against returning to school first.
“We have to do a better job of helping the public understand the pandemic. All we’re trying to do is get through the spike in cases that will occur over the next six to 10 weeks because of this variant of B117,” said Osterholm.
Former Commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dr Scott Gottlieb said he thinks the FDA could certify the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in children 12 to 15 years of age.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, also warned at the week of the bad things to come over the recent rise in cases in America.
“When we saw that increase in cases, what we’ve seen before is that the virus has a tendency to spike and surge,” explained Walensky.
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