Coronavirus will rage until it ‘hits 60 to 70 percent’ of the population, scientist says

According to Michael Osterholm, director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, the initial wave of COVID-19 in places like New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle, represent only a small percentage of the illness and death yet to come.

“This damn virus is going to keep going until it infects everybody it possibly can. It surely won’t slow down until it hits 60 to 70%” of the population, the number that would create herd immunity and halt the spread of the virus.

“It’s the big peak that’s really going to do us in,” he said. “As much pain, suffering, death and economic disruption we’ve had, there’s been 5 to 20 percent of the people infected. … That’s a long ways to get to 60 to 70 percent,” he explained.