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Can the U.S. cope with the waves of COVID-19?

The COVID-19 cases have had a visible increase in the U.S., but it is still unsure whether they’re in the first wave or the second. “The answer to this is more complicated than a yes or no,” says Brandon Dionne, the assistant clinical professor of Pharmacy and Health System Sciences at Northeastern University. The second wave is marked by a rise in the number of cases after a noticeable fall. The cases don’t have to specifically be zero for the second wave to begin. A noticeable rise in the cases marks the second wave. 


An interesting fact pointed out by Professor Dionne is that the virus does not hit everyone at the very same time. This creates a sort of balance as a whole for the country. The country as a whole is not able to see a noticeable fall. This is due to the rate at which the virus hits different sates at different times. States like Massachusetts and New York have already seen an increase in the cases. If these cases rise again, it would be called the second wave. However, there are some states in the U.S. that did not see an absolute increase in COVID-19 cases. A first or the second wave is where the U.S. may be headed. This could be after experiencing not a very major first wave.


In times like these, where the future remains unknown and a vaccine for such disease remains obscure, taking precautions would be the best option for the citizens of the United States. As the states start to ease out restrictions, the risk of getting the virus increases. This requires people to be careful and, thus, responsible. Fighting the virus and protecting people around one would only be possible by following the norms of social distancing. Whereas, wearing masks would protect the people from only the first but also wave of the disease. 


Priyal Jhaveri