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This winter COVID-19 surge is ‘worst event that this country will face,’ Dr. Birx says

Dr. Deborah Birx warned over the weekend that the upcoming winter COVID-19 surge will be one of the worst events in US history.

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, leaves the White House Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Washington.
Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, leaves the White House Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Washington.
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Dr. Deborah Birx warned Sunday that the coronavirus surge during the winter months will be one of the most difficult times in U.S. history, CNBC reports.

  • “This is not just the worst public health event. This is the worst event that this country will face, not just from a public health side,” Birx told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Birx said hospital systems are feeling the strain due to the rising death toll. This will have a massive impact on the health of all Americans.

Other thoughts on winter surge

Last week, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, warned Americans the pandemic’s winter surge could be “the most difficult in the public health history of this nation.”

Redfield said the current health care system might not withstand the surge, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

“So we are at a very critical time right now about being able to maintain the resilience of our health care system,” Redfield said. “The reality is December and January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult in the public health history of this nation, largely because of the stress that’s going to be put on our health care system.”