That's why I was disappointed that he didn't mention--nor was he asked--about possible new treatments (like chloroquine) that attack the virus itself rather than attempt to alleviate the symptoms.
Here's a partial transcript. The entire video is only about 4 minutes. What I've done here is offer most of Osterholm's more important remarks, without the questions.
He sees as a positive development that the world is finally waking up to the fact that we can't ignore this.
We're having the discussions and taking the actions that we really needed to do to address this.
There's a tremendous misconception about "bending the curve." This virus is likely going to be here until we have a vaccine--which, if I were to be optimistic, I'd say would be 18 months.
When we try to "bend the curve" we suppress cases, but all we're doing is postponing them, not eliminating them.
I hear this notion that we'll be in this till April or August--I think we're gonna be in this for many, many months. We have to bend the curve every day, not just one time.
We have to have a conversation about how we're gonna die with this virus ... but we also have to consider how we're gonna live with it. And we hafta figure that out. Do these measures that we're taking work, and do we envision an America that for the next 18 months will be in lockdown?
As soon as China goes back to work and people are on subways and trains and all the different forms of transportation, when they're cheek to jowl in manufacturing plants, when they're in public places, I for one believe that we're gonna see a resurgence of cases.
I'm not saying that we shouldn't try to bend the curve. Postponing cases means that they're just gonna happen later, which means that we continue to drag this out. That's the hope. We hafta do that. But the hope also includes that we'll have a vaccine. Otherwise the 20 to 60 per cent of Americans that we believe will get this WILL get this. Our hope is that we'll suppress this, but we'll only be saved when we have a vaccine.