CDC chief Redfield 'misquoted' on 'fall coronavirus outbreak,' Trump says

CDC chief Redfield 'misquoted' on 'fall coronavirus outbreak,' Trump says

"There's a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more hard than the one we just went through", said Redfield.

As the current COVID-19 outbreak continues to taper off, as shown by a recent decline in hospitalization rates and other indicators, the United States health authorities need to prepare for a probable resurgence in the coming months.

CDC Director Robert Redfield told The Washington Post in an interview Tuesday that the nation should be cautious even as some states attempt to reopen their economies in the coming weeks and continue to practice social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. The paper accurately quoted him, Redfield said, but the headline lacked context. I am convinced of that", he said, adding: "It's going to be complicated. He told the newspaper that not only was the coronavirus likely to return in the fall, but that its effect would be compounded by the flu.

"I didn't say this was going to be worse", he said. "I said that this was going to be more hard".

"The issue I'm talking about, it being more "difficult" in the second wave, is that we'll have two viruses circulating at the same time, whereas this time the flu season has ended so we can use all our flu surveillance system", Redfield said.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that Dr. Redfield was misquoted, a claim Trump repeated at the start of Wednesday's news conference. "It's nothing like - what we've just gone through, we will not go through".

His comments came even as some USA state governors look to partially reopen their states' economies by loosening some restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of the Coronavirus, despite the concerns of subsequent increases in COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Redfield was then asked if he was accurately quoted in the Post, which he responded, "I was accurately quoted in the "Washington Post".

"So the comment [is that] it's more hard".

But Dr Redfield said the opposite. "One of the greatest tools we have as we go through the fall-winter season is to get the American public to embrace the influenza vaccine and thereby minimize the impact of flu to be the other respiratory disease we confront". It doesn't mean it's going to be more, as some people have said, worse.

Dr. Frieden said it was possible that the steps taken to stop transmission of the coronavirus would also limit spread of the flu, but he said it was way too early to predict what the next flu season would be like or to say for sure whether there would be overlapping epidemics.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said later in the same briefing: "We will have coronavirus in the fall".

After Trump asked Karl to read the article's title aloud, Redfield further clarified his point.

"There really is no end in sight until we have COVID specific treatment, COVID specific vaccine, and are able to maintain capacity, not only for testing of the infection but also antibody testing and all of those are question marks right now", he said.

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