CDC Director Robert Redfield has stated in an interview that we could see even more cases of the coronavirus this upcoming winter. “There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” he commented. The combined flu and coronavirus during this time is more likely to overwhelm the health care system. Depending on the testing capabilities we have at the time, many patients may not be able to be treated as well as they could be. 34,200 Americans were killed by the flu last year, and we are now on the tail end of the season. White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx also noted that officials and the health care system will need to be prepared next winter, even if the coronavirus numbers have fallen by then.