Epidemiologist Warns Of Coming COVID-19 ‘Tsunami’

Epidemiologist Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is still trying to encourage the public to take the COVID-19 pandemic sufficiently seriously. He’s currently sharing statistics that show a new wave hitting after the brief hope of a small decline in cases — and he’s amplifying characterizations of this wave as a tsunami.

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Dr. Feigl-Ding has been warning for over a year that the pandemic is more serious than some leadership is willing to take it. Now he says that the optimism that many expressed when cases began to slightly decline was premature, and complacency is a mistake.

The epidemiologist shared on Twitter Friday that the decline is already reversing globally, and used Denmark’s cases as an example.

He mentioned that Denmark’s Centers for Disease Control had warned of this possibility in January, sharing a chart that showed four different arcs the infection rate could have taken from January 1st to March 29th, marked to show that with caution, the lowest arc was a possibility and the goal, but that without care, cases could still soar.

He also amplified a tweet from Sarah Schacht, who works in data standards at the Beeck Center, about what the numbers and graphs show — and warning that the current ‘wave’ won’t just be a small increase, but will hit the proverbial shores with an impact of tsunami proportions.

Dr. Feigl-Ding says that among other things, one of his highest concerns is for the new B117 variant hitting Florida, which he thinks could be in advance of the surge in the nation as a whole.

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