Your Thanksgiving plans might not be in total jeopardy this year due to the coronavirus. Apparently, the current COVID-19 wave — which includes the highly contagious delta variant — might die down by turkey day, according to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
- “This delta wave is going to surge across the country and hit different regions at different times,” he told CNN over the weekend.
- “This may be the last major wave of infection,” he added.
Gottlieb said the coronavirus will loom as a consistent threat but won’t come in major waves in the most likely scenario in the U.S. In fact, he said this current wave may be the final wave of the coronavirus for a while.
- “I think by Thanksgiving you’ll see it run its course,” he told CNN.
Back around Labor Day, Gottlieb said states in the Northeast would likely experience another COVID-19 surge. He said that Labor Day was going to be the start of the true delta wave and that all the cases beforehand were the pregame before delta became a huge threat.
- “I don’t think that that was the true delta wave. I think that that was a delta warning. I think our true delta wave is going to start to build after Labor Day here in the Northeast and the northern part of the country,” Gottlieb said at the time, according to CNBC.
Since that time, there have been COVID-19 crises across the country. One state, Idaho, has been hit so hard that they’ve reached out to other Western states for help. One of those states, Washington, now faces its own health crisis because it has dedicated resources to help Idaho.