Closing the business and providing financial support for those who will no longer receive their salaries for four to six weeks could help keep the pandemic under control and keep the economy afloat until a vaccine is approved and distributed, said Dr. Michael Osterholm.

Osterholm, who is director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said earlier this week that the country is heading for “Covid hell.” He said the number of cases is rising as more and more people no longer wear masks and disregard the rules of social distancing, manifesting so-called “pandemic fatigue.” The doctor added that the cold weather makes people spend more time indoors, where the virus can spread more easily.

A nationwide blockade could reduce the number of new cases and hospitalizations while people wait for a vaccine, he told CNBC.

Osterholm added that such a blockade would help the country control the virus, “as New Zealand and Australia have done.”

Regarding the evolution of the pandemic, Osterholm said that the USA is heading towards a dark period until the vaccine becomes available.

“What Americans need to understand is that we’re going to go to hell with COVID. It’s really happening. 10 weeks ago we predicted that on Labor Day we’ll see an astronomical increase in the number of cases. As you know, we’re talking about this kind of thing right now. “Problem: 120-130,000 new cases a day, when a few weeks ago we were only talking about 23-25,000 cases. This number will continue to increase substantially, we have not even approached the peak,” Osterholm explained.

Osterholm was appointed on Monday to the 12-member Covid “advisory board”.

After a very rapid rise in coronavirus cases for several weeks in the United States, hospitals in several regions are now under pressure again, forcing local authorities to take new steps to try to stop the spread of the epidemic, according to AFP.

Americans today fear a European scenario, while the average contamination exceeds 200,000 new cases every day. About 62,000 people with Covid-19 are currently hospitalized in the United States, according to a record Covid Tracking Project, according to the American press.

The situation is particularly worrying in the El Paso, Texas region, which has exceeded one million cases detected.

“The rapid increase in hospitalizations for Covid (…) predicts a long and tragic period of rising deaths,” said former head of the Medicines Agency Scott Gottlieb.

“Cases are growing first, followed about two weeks later by hospitalizations, then about two weeks later by deaths,” said New York Emergency physician and Columbia University professor Craig Spencer. “All data is going in the wrong direction and fast.”

While the number of deaths each day is still far from returning to spring, the United States mourned more than 1,500 deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday.

The first wave never dropped in the United States, but the contamination curve saw a total of three notable increases: a spring, with the epicenter of New York State, a return in summer, especially in the south of the country, and a new peak in the middle. October, at levels reached so far.

President-elect Joe Biden again pleaded guilty Monday in wearing a mask, which he said was “not a political stance.” He pledged to address the health crisis from day one in office on January 20.