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“I’m very worried that we are reaching that point”: Public health expert says another lock down may be necessary

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - IUPUI public health expert says, based on his research, we need another kind of lock down in order to flatten the curve. However, some people in Fort Wayne disagree.  

Brian Dixon is an IUPUI School of Public Health professor and the Director of Public Health Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute. He says since the pandemic began, his department has been analyzing data related to COVID-19.   

He says this second wave was bound to happen and the only way to stop it quickly is with another kind of lockdown.  

“I'm very worried that we are reaching that point that we are going to have to make some tough decisions,” Dixon said. 

Dixon has been researching pandemics, like this one, for almost 20 years. He says research suggests that a second wave began in September and could last until the start of the year. 

"We’ve seen historically in past pandemics that there’s always a second wave,” Dixon said. "One might look at it as inevitable, however there probably were ways we could have prevented it.” 

He says, even without a lock down, there should be more restrictions.  

"As much as people don’t want to lock anything down, we have to face the reality that the virus is putting a lot of pressure on our economy and our healthcare system and we really need to get it under control.” 

Dixon says the fastest way to flatten this curve is for people to stay home.  

“If we just voluntarily stayed home with our families for two weeks,” Dixon said. “That would make a huge difference.” 

Dixon says he believes the peak of this second wave will be sometime in December, but if Hoosiers were to stay home for two weeks it would reduce the number of cases dramatically and help flatten the curve.  

For more information on Dixon's research on the pandemic and other public health issues, click here.

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Karli VanCleave

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