“Several studies have shown a relationship between high levels of air pollution and greater prevalence and severity of Kovid-19 cases,” said Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.
An infectious disease specialist and vice president of medical affairs at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Drs. Rekha Murthy said that the smoke emanating from the wildfire can irritate the lungs and affect the immune system. This inflammation can make people more at risk of lung infection.
“Whenever the lining of the lungs or airways swells or becomes damaged, it increases the chance of viral respiratory particles catching up in the lungs and causing infection,” Murthy said.
Wearing early masks saves lives
A health expert says that if Americans had worn masks earlier on the coronovirus epidemic, about 150,000 of those lives would have survived.
“If the president had said that everyone is wearing a mask in one day, we would have about 45,000 deaths in this country,” CNN medical analyst Dr. Said Jonathan Reiner, who is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at George Washington University.
Reiner described how Germany handled the epidemic.
He told CNN’s Erin Burnett, “They were not the best. They have not been the worst. They are fine in their response to the epidemic and they have suffered about 10,000 deaths.”
America has four times the population of Germany. “So we will do about 45,000 deaths in this country,” he said. “Then about 150,000 people will be alive.”
He reiterated the importance of wearing masks.
“If you want to think about why we still have 40,000 cases a day in this country and 1,000 deaths a day, it’s because we’re still talking about masks, “Rainer said. “It is very basic.”
More deaths were predicted if people let their guard down
An influential model is predicting a catastrophic winter with a significant increase in coronavirus deaths.
A possible scenario sees 415,090 Kovid-19 deaths as of January, the Health Matrix and Evaluation Institute (IHME) at the University of Washington says in its latest forecast. The worst case is 611,000 deaths as of 1 January.
“When we go ahead with the weather beat in winter, people obviously become less cautious, you know that the use of masks is less, mobility is increasing in the country, you put them all together And we see that we are going much further in terms of the toll of coronovirus deadly December ahead of us, ”Dr. IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Despite a strict prediction, President Donald Trump says the US has done “really well” in fighting the virus.
Trump said, “I really believe we’re rounding the corner and vaccines are right there, but not discussing vaccines and therapeutics, we’re rounding the corner,” Trump he said.
While speaking with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday, Drs. Anthony Fauci said he did not agree with the president’s statements.
“We are thinking about 40,000 cases a day and about 1,000 deaths,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
He said that test positivity is increasing in some areas of the country and people are spending more time indoors in cold weather.
“This is not good for a respiratory-borne virus,” he said.
Fauci warned that the country needed to bring the levels down “so that when you go into a more precarious situation, such as fall and winter, you will not have a situation where you are really at a loss from the very beginning.”
The US may not return to pre-coronavirus life until late next year. But he is cautiously optimistic that the vaccine may be available by the end of the year.
CNN’s Amir Vera, Ben Tinker, Maggie Fox and Shelby Lynn Erdman contributed to this report.