What´s the difference between a 2nd wave and 2nd peak of COVID-19?

Health 2020/5/29

What´s the difference between a 2nd wave and 2nd peak of COVID-19?

As states begin the reopening process, there are concerns about areas experiencing a second wave, or even a second peak, of COVID-19 cases. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

For weeks, public health officials have warned that a second wave of COVID-19 cases is possible. On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, doubled down on his comments that a second wave of the virus could happen. However, he told CNN that it’s not “inevitable.”

“We often talk about the possibility of a second wave, or of an outbreak, when you’re reopening. We don’t have to accept that as an inevitability,” he said. “It could happen, but it is not inevitable. If we do the kinds of things that we’re putting in place now, to have the workforce, the system and the will to do the kinds of things that ought to be clear and effective — identification, isolation and contact tracing — we can prevent this second wave that we’re talking about, if we do it correctly.”

But now there’s another term floating out there with regard to the spread of the coronavirus: second peak. Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, used it during a media briefing earlier this week.

“We need to be also cognizant of the fact that the disease can jump up at any time,” he said on Monday, according to

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