There is almost no place in America where the number of cases of Covid-19 is moving in the right direction, as the country focuses on what, according to health experts, will be the most difficult months of the pandemic.
On average, the United States has more than 55,000 new cases every day – more than 60% since mid-September – and experts say the country is experiencing a terrible surge in decline. On Friday, the United States reported the most infections in one day since July. As of Saturday, more than 8.1 million cases of the virus were reported in the United States, and 219,286 people died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
According to the university, only Missouri and Vermont recorded an improvement in the average number of reported cases over the past week by more than 10%. In contrast, cases in Connecticut and Florida increased by 50% or more.
Twenty-seven states have seen bursts between 10% and 50%: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
New cases are static in other states.
“It’s a really painful time, and people need to be careful,” said epidemiologist Dr. Abdul al-Sayed.
“This surge could be much worse”
On Friday, 10 states reported the highest one-day figures: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to Jones Hopkins.
As infections increase, there is also hospitalization. This month, the number of hospitalizations in New Mexico increased by 101%, said Governor Michel Luhan Grisham.
More hospitalizations are likely to be accompanied by an increase in daily coronavirus deaths, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
Although an average of 700 coronavirus deaths per day in the United States remain below the daily wage per 1,000 people in July and August, researchers at the University of Washington estimate that more than 2,300 Americans could die each day by mid-January.
“When we saw this type of transmission earlier in the pandemic, in March and April, the virus did not spread everywhere. … This outbreak could potentially be much worse than in the spring or summer,” El Sayed, a former Detroit health director. said.
State leaders are imposing new restrictions
Americans can help get the virus under control, experts say, following recommendations that officials have been promoting for months: avoiding crowded places, keeping distance, keeping small outdoor gatherings, and wearing a mask.
“It’s a good time for people to stop and ask themselves,‘ What can I do to try to make sure we limit further infections that otherwise seem to hang in front of us as the cold weather starts and people are indoors, and these curves moving up, in the wrong direction? “Collins said Friday.
The increase prompted heads of state to impose new restrictions, including the use of masks and restrictions on fees, in hopes of curbing the spread.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced changes to state health care measures, including requiring hospitals to reserve at least 10 percent of total beds and intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients.
In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshir said this month that he had instructed authorities to increase the use of masks, and in New Mexico this week, the governor ordered new restrictions on mass gatherings and a 22:00 closure for alcohol facilities.
“Every new Mexican can and should do anything to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, restricting their interaction with others and wearing their masks,” Grisham wrote on Twitter.
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