Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said on NBC News' "Meet the Press" on Sunday that there could be a spike in coronavirus cases this fall and that the US has "another 12 to 14 months of a really hard road ahead."
Osterholm said that while a COVID-19 vaccine could become available, it wouldn't have a "meaningful" impact until 2021 at the earliest.
Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious-disease expert, said Americans should expect to "hunker down" in the fall and winter.
"What is our national plan?" Osterholm said. "We don't have one."
Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, on Sunday warned of a spike in COVID-19 cases and a bleak future in the US, citing a lack of a national plan to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Chuck Todd, the host of NBC News' "Meet the Press," had asked Osterholm about Dr. Anthony Fauci's recent comment that people in the US should expect to "hunker down" this fall and winter.
"It's not going to be easy," Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said last week during a panel discussion with Harvard Medical School. "We know every time we lift restrictions we get a blip. It's whack-a-mole.
"I do think we will likely get a vaccine by the end of the year, beginning of 2021," Fauci continued. "And I think that's going to be the thing that turns it around. I just think we need to hunker down."
WATCH: Dr. Michael Osterholm says "we are going to see [COVID-19] numbers grow exponentially" in the coming months. #MTP@mtosterholm: "We really have another 12 to 14 months of a really hard road ahead of us." pic.twitter.com/2cGO5WCvlm— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 13, 2020
Business Insider — Connor Perrett contributed to this report.