A COVID-19 variant ‘more infectious than the delta variant’ will hit U.S. in 2-4 months, expert predicts
Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the CDC, suggested a new variant could come this fall
Dr. Robert Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, predicted that the fall will have a dark turn in the coronavirus pandemic.
Redfield said on Fox News Channel’s “The Story” that he thinks the coronavirus will continue to replicate quickly among humans, and so the risk of variant evolution is high.
“You know we dealt with the U.K. variant; everyone thought that was pretty bad, it was twice as infectious, but lo and behold three, four months later we had the delta variant and now it’s a dominant variant in the United States,” Redfield said.
He then predicted that there will be another, more dangerous coronavirus variant by the fall.
“Within, you know two, three, four months we’re going to have another variant and that variant’s going to be more infectious than the delta variant,” Redfield said.
Redfield said the coronavirus became one of the most infectious viruses in humans, which allowed it to mutate quicker.
Redfield’s comments come as other experts have warned about potential new variants that could come in the future. A vast number of scientists recently told Newsweek that there was potential of a variant that could not be stopped by the vaccines.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser for the novel coronavirus, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the unvaccinated population might be spreading the virus so much that there will be time for the virus to mutate.
“So, if you allow the virus to freely circulate and not try and stop it, sooner or later there is a likelihood that you will get another variant that could, I’m not saying it will, that could be more problematic than the delta,” Fauci said.
In fact, Fauci said that the virus may become so dangerous that they would have the power to evade vaccines, infecting thousands of people who, as of now, are safe from variants.
“If you give the virus the chance to continue to change, you’re leading to a vulnerability that we might get a worse variant,” he said. “And then, that will impact not only the unvaccinated; that will impact the vaccinated because that variant could evade the protection of the vaccine.”