As pandemic winter looms, leaders in Europe and Canada issue stark warnings
They’re highlighting the deadly seriousness of a disease that has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide in the first nine months of this year — and is expected to kill many more.
And they’re offering a sharp contrast to President Trump, who has sought to play down the severity of the U.S. outbreak, which is the worst in the world.
Experts long predicted that a summer respite from strict coronavirus measures, plus the return to schools and offices, would lead to more covid-19 cases come fall. Now fall is here, and cases are rising — fast.
There’s little doubt they’ll climb further as the weather gets colder, activities move indoors, and the cold and flu season hits. Leaders see a limited window to blunt the force of the next wave.
“It is only September,” said Isaac Bogoch, an infectious-disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital. “If you live in the northern hemisphere, there is a long fall and winter ahead.”
[Source: Washington Post]