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Expert predicts next 6 to 12 weeks will be critical period in fight against COVID-19 in U.S. Updated: 2020-10-20 13:28:50 KST

The next six to twelve weeks in the U.S. may be one of the most critical periods in the fight against COVID-19.
This according to Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Speaking to NBC's "Meet the Press" over the weekend, the infectious-disease expert said the next three months will be the "darkest of the entire pandemic", noting that despite some progress "vaccines will not become available in any meaningful way until early to the third quarter of next year."
Osterholm added that even with a vaccine, half of the U.S. population is skeptical of even taking it.
He says the biggest problem is in "messaging", as Americans don't know what information to believe.
He called for the need to get a message to the public "that reflects the science and reflects reality."
The expert also cited too many different voices in the U.S. public health response, calling for the need for one voice.
Osterholm is one of many health experts who have warned the COVID-19 pandemic would worsen in the fall and winter months.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has seen more than 8.1 million cases and at least 219-thousand deaths.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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