Six months after the virus erupted in our area, its persistence has frustrated early hopes that shutdowns and other measures would have mostly contained it by now. The region has fared better than much of the country in battling the disease. But it has failed to drive down infections as much as the Northeast and many foreign countries.
“The reality is it’s going to get worse,” said Boris Lushniak, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health and an acting U.S. surgeon general during the Obama administration. “The real question is how bad is it going to get.”
Fairfax County Health Director Gloria Addo-Ayensu said: “Pandemics can take a long time. Typically some pandemics that we know about have taken 18 months, and sometimes more. We still have a lot of days ahead of us.”
Cases are expected to rise partly because colder weather means people will spend