The delta variant of the novel coronavirus continues to make its way throughout the country, a sign that the variant still has some ways to go before it disappears completely.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said Monday that there are still a couple of months left in the pandemic, especially because of the delta variant.
- “We still have a couple of months to go until this Delta wave sweeps across the country in a regionalized fashion and we are sort of done with it,” he said, according to CNN.
The winter months will likely lead to an uptick in cases, especially as cold weather circulates, he said.
- “You’re starting to see an uptick in cases in the colder parts of the country and, as people are driven indoors without masks on, you’ll start to see cases pick up,” Gottlieb said, per CNN.
Gottlieb has previously suggested that the delta variant wave would likely be the final massive surge of the coronavirus. He told CNBC back in August that the delta variant’s surge would be the final act of the pandemic.
- “I don’t think COVID is going to be epidemic all through the fall and the winter. I think that this is the final wave, the final act, assuming we don’t have a variant emerge that pierces the immunity offered by prior infection or vaccination,” Gottlieb told CNBC.
- “This is probably going to be the wave of infection that ends up affecting the people who refuse to get vaccinated,” he added.
Fast forward to September. Gottlieb told CNN that the delta variant will continue to hit regions across the country. But by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, enough people will be vaccinated and have natural immunity because they were infected to signal the end of the pandemic.
- “I think by Thanksgiving you’ll see it run its course,” he told CNN.