Next week marks one year since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first coronavirus case in the United States.
Dr. Robert Redfield, the outgoing CDC director, has been heading the federal public health agency’s response to the pandemic from the start.
Redfield’s departure on Wednesday, when President-elect Joe Biden will usher in a new administration, comes as a record surge in COVID-19 cases is sweeping across the country. The U.S. has far surpassed all other nations with more than 23 million virus-related cases and more than 391,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
But, even as the pandemic enters its deadliest stage yet, Redfield told NPR on Friday that the country is “about to be in the worst” months of the crisis.