A Doomsday COVID Variant Worse Than Delta and Lambda May Be Coming, Scientists Say

In Newsweek

From my cover story in the August 13, 2021, issue of Newsweek

Delta, like most of the other variants, blindsided us, worsening and extending the pandemic. And the outbreak is going to get much worse, warns Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist who leads the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “The number of intensive-care beds needed could be higher than any time we’ve seen,” he says. When the damage from Delta starts to subside, what other variants will be lurking just behind it to pull us back down again? The World Health Organization is already keeping an eye on several….Read more

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