Potential 4th COVID-19 wave could come, Mayo Clinic experts say

As we have seen in the past, the reduction of cases brings an increase of complacency.
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ROCHESTER, Minn (WKBT) – More than 100 million people have received at least one COVID vaccine shot.

And we have warm weather on the way.

But health officials at Mayo Clinic are concerned about a possible 4th COVID-19 wave as variants of the virus spread across the country.

Mask requirements and other public health measures have helped reduce cases.

But as we have seen in the past, the reduction of cases brings an increase of complacency.

“As the cases go down, people start feeling, ‘Oh things are getting better, COVID-19 has gone away, I don’t know anyone who has gotten the COVID-19 infection so it must not be around.’ And you become more lax with your precautions, and people end up picking up infections and then they spread and spread to more people,” said Dr. Abinash Virk, an Infectious Disease Physician at Mayo Clinic.

After the holidays in November and December, there were an average of 250-thousand positive cases a day.