By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — University of Minnesota’s infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm says the COVID-19 pandemic is just getting started.

During an interview with News Talk 830 WCCO Friday, Osterholm said the pandemic is now in a “fall surge”, and cited college students on campus as one of the reasons.

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“It’s exactly what we predicted. We knew that bringing college students back to campus would lead to a substantial surge in transmission,” he said.

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Osterholm also said many more students could get infected in the weeks ahead. He also brought up “pandemic fatigue”, which can lead to more people not wearing masks.

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According to Osterholm, 90% of the population is still vulnerable to the virus and we’re still in the early days of the pandemic.