The United States is unlikely to face a fourth wave of the coronavirus, but the number of cases is likely to stabilize before they continue to decline, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told “Face the Nation” on Sunday. by ABC.
Because it is important: It comes amid growing concerns about a possible spike in the US Gottlieb noted that there are still many unanswered questions about new COVID-19 variants that could pose problems in the future.
What they are saying: Gottlieb said a plateau in the event that the numbers could be boosted by the spread of new variants, such as New York’s variant B. 1.526, the South African variant B.1.351, and the British variant B.1.1.7, as well as the relaxation of security restrictions.
- “I don’t think we are going to have a fourth wave, I think what we are seeing throughout the country are parts of the country that are stagnating and we are seeing rebound in certain parts of the country.
- “I think what you could see is a plateau for a period of time before we continue in a downward decline, largely because B.1.1.7 is becoming more prevalent, largely because we are receding too fast with respect. to take off our masks and lift mitigation. “
But but but: Gottlieb said questions remain about the variants themselves.
- “What we don’t understand with 1,526 is whether or not people are getting reinfected and whether people who could have been vaccinated are now getting infected with it.”
- “One of the concerns about this particular variant is that it has that mutation that is also in the South African variant, in variant B.1.351, which we know in certain cases is causing people who have already had coronavirus to become re-infected. with the. “
The panorama: Gottlieb said the United States must begin tracking variant COVID-19 cases more carefully.
- “We need to intervene much more aggressively and start sequencing cases, especially people who report that they were previously vaccinated or already had COVID.”