Michigan’s ongoing COVID-19 surge might be a sign of what’s to come in the United States, an epidemiologist recently told CNN.

Michigan and COVID-19

Michigan has been going through a spike in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks. Dr. Celine Gounder, an epidemiology, recently told CNN the country should look at the state as a sign of what’s to come.

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  • Specifically, the state might be an example of what happens when the variant from the United Kingdom — called the B.1.1.7 variant — impacts a state.
  • “Michigan is really the bellwether for what it looks like when the B.1.1.7 variant ... spreads in the United States,” Gounder told CNN. “It’s causing a surge in cases and it’s causing more severe disease, which means that even younger people, people in their 30s, 40s and 50s, are getting very sick and being hospitalized from this.”

How to stop COVID-19 surge in Michigan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called for the federal government to send more vaccines to Michigan to stop the surge in cases, The Guardian reports.

White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said the Biden administration doesn’t plan to shift vaccine strategy to send more vaccines to Michigan, according to The New York Times.

Will more COVID-19 vaccines stop Michigan surge?

Gounder told CNN that an increase in vaccines won’t stop the current spike in COVID-19 because “the incubation period, which is the time from when you are exposed to when you are infected with coronavirus, is four to five days.”

  • “So there is no way that a surge in vaccination is going to help curb this when transmission is happening right now,” she said. “The hard truth is that the only thing that will curb transmission right now are measures that take effect immediately.” 
  • She said people should avoid indoor dining, and people should continue to wear masks and socialize in outdoor settings.