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Military Might Be Hit With Giant Second Virus Wave

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Monday, 29 June 2020 03:53 PM

The U.S. military might be facing a a "tsunami" of a second coronavirus wave after having seen a decline in infections, Forbes reports.

New cases of COVID-19 among military personnel initially peaked in mid-April, but were reversed by various efforts among the branches. Ships were docked and sailors brought ashore to avoid tight quarters. Protective equipment was distributed, shift and remote work was implemented and training of recruits was paused, among other measures.

May saw the numbers bottom out to about 160 new cases per day from those April highs of 370. The Department of Defense began opening back up on Memorial Day, but in early June, cases began to increase gain. By mid-June the daily number of cases had surpassed that of mid-April, and does not appear to be flattening, according to Forbes.

Still, the total number of deaths among active military and civilian contractors is relatively low: 37. That is only 0.15% of the total workforce.

Still, a growing number of new cases will hurt the DOD, as it must continue operations protecting the country, and replacing personnel who are retiring.

According to Forbes, if current trends continue, DOD will see 1,000 new cases a day by the end of July, 2,350 by the end of August; and 5,500 by the end of September.

"Eventually, the infection will effect enough people that there will be pressure to pause deployments, recruit training, unit training, and personnel movement," writes author Mark Cancian, who is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

"DOD needs to do something because the trend will not stop on its own," Cancian wrote. "It doesn't do any good to socially distance on base and provide personal protective equipment if servicemembers go to a crowded bar on the weekend."

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After having seen a decline in infections, the U.S. military might be facing a a "tsunami" of a second coronavirus wave, Forbes reported.
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