Even as much of the country begins to slowly reopen from shutdowns meant to slow the first round of coronavirus infections, many experts warn that a second wave of the pandemic could be coming later this year.
As Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel explained on Thursday, though, not everyone in the field is convinced such a resurgence is inevitable.
“We didn’t have that before”
According to the Daily Caller, Siegel addressed the issue during an appearance on Bill Hemmer Reports, responding to a previous guest’s prediction that the virus would likely come back. While Siegel did not rule out the possibility, he shared a few reasons for skepticism if not cautious optimism.
“The testing, we didn’t have it before,” he said, according to the Daily Caller. “The vaccine, rush to the vaccine, we didn’t have that before.”
As scientists learn more about COVID-19 and its mutations, the doctor said America would be “better equipped” in the event of a resurgence.
“One thing, though, I want to maybe slightly differ is we don’t know if we are getting a second wave,” Siegel reportedly said. “The southern hemisphere right now is quite quiet and that usually predicts what we see in the fall.”
“We may not get it”
The doctor stressed, however, that he is “not saying we won’t get a second wave,” adding that a resurgence “tends to happen with respiratory viruses.”
Nevertheless, he pointed to Australia as an example of a country capable of effectively controlling the virus’s spread.
“We may not get a second wave,” he said, according to the Daily Caller. “We have to prepare for it. We may not get it.”
“Maybe it never went away”
Meanwhile, one prominent member of the White House coronavirus task force has described a second wave as a near certainty.
“In my mind, it’s inevitable that we will have a return of the virus or maybe it never went away,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said last month, according to The Hill.
Siegel, however, is acknowledging what everyone making predictions about the pandemic should remember. There is still a lot to learn about this virus, but the more prepared as a nation we are, the better equipped we will be no matter what the future holds.