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Coronavirus has ravaged the United States for months now, killed more than 25,000 and caused nearly 600,000 cases across the country.
Yet we may just be in the early stages of what COVID-19 may eventually do to our society, and how we will adjust long-term.
“We still don’t have definitive treatments,” said Dr. Mary Beth Graham, infection disease specialist at Medical College of Wisconsin.
With a vaccine perhaps a year away or more, there is also the possibility a second wave may come.
“I definitely think we’re going to see a second wave,” said Dr. Graham.
“I don’t know what our new normal is going to look like. I don’t know what the new normal is going to be.”
During the WTMJ Cares Town Hall Tuesday, Dr. Graham asked numerous fans’ questions.
On whether you can still test positive even after your symptoms are done:
“People have been tested positive for weeks, months after the first test. It’s not expected that people are not going to have long-lived immunity,” Dr. Graham.
How do you need to clean surfaces?
“It varies per surface,” she said. “What we should assume is that on any type of surface touched by multiple people…it’s best to clean it before you touch it.”
What will it take to bring the economy back to normal?
“A staged re-opening is important. You can’t open the floodgates all at once,” she admitted.
“Are we going to have big concerts at Fiserv Forum in the near future? I don’t think so,” she adds, explaining that people should expect delays in “businesses that bring people together in close proximity.”