The United States crossed the threshold of 150,000 confirmed deaths from Covid-19, just six months after the first cases were diagnosed in China, and the outbreak was far from under control.
The US death rate is the highest in the world by a significant margin and reached 150,034 on Wednesday, according to global coronavirus tracker at Johns Hopkins University.
More than 4.3 million people have been infected with Covid-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. As the summer progressed, the outbreaks spread to the solar belt of America, a region from Florida to southern California, and increasingly spread to the central states. Meanwhile, some early pandemic centers, such as New York, have brought the virus under much greater control.
The pandemic has rewritten almost every aspect of everyday life in the United States. Economic activity, suppressed by public health restrictions and an outbreak of viral diseases, rose above 11% in June. The closure of restaurants, museums and cinemas is constantly changing as states try to reopen, see outbreaks and restrict activity again.
Schools that were once considered open in the fall are faced with how to make buildings safe for teachers and students. This week, the country’s second-largest teacher unions sanctioned local strikes as the “best supporter” agreement when districts did not take coronavirus security measures.
Meanwhile, many of the most important measures to bring the virus under control remain challenges due to the tumultuous and anemic federal response led by the Trump administration.
Extensive outbreaks and weeks of delays in test results have undermined contact tracking. These major setbacks had consequences as outbreaks reached nursing homes and continued to fill intensive care units with the most vulnerable, sick, and resource-intensive patients.
When the coronavirus spread in March, and without federal leadership, state governors and hospitals began looking for ventilators and personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, and gowns for front-line medical workers, who in many places lacked supplies and began dying from Kovid-19. .
Politics plays a central role in the fight against a pandemic. The president initially abandoned the virus and predicted that it would disappear – then, despite the United States becoming a global pandemic, he called on business and current schools to reopen to a steady reduction in cases recommended by federal health experts.
The president has undermined some mitigation techniques, such as the widespread use of face coatings in public places, which has only recently supported their use.
The president’s controversial deviation from masking and promoting questionable treatments for the virus has also publicly pitted him against his own health professionals, including Dr. Anthony Foci, who has been chief infectious disease specialist for six presidents.
Trump announced the restrictions he imposed on travel to the United States from China and then parts of Europe, as evidence from his administration coped well with the outbreak, despite the limited effect these measures had during the spread of the virus.
The outbreak of infections was the result of a rush to reopen to businesses in many states without being accompanied by mandates or even official recommendations to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
States like Florida keep their economies open despite full-fledged hospitals, but there are signs that strategies will not be enough to return the economy to record highs before the pandemic. Last week, for the first time in months, there was an increase in the number of people applying for unemployment benefits.
Health experts are also concerned about the level of infection in states such as Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, while the rapid growth in Florida, along with Texas, Arizona and California, has strained many hospitals in June and July.
Coronavirus has been extremely disproportionate to blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans, greatly exacerbated by racial disparities in chronic health, access to affordable and quality doctors and hospitals, and unequal income, housing, and workplace risk.
There is a global impetus for vaccine development, and some prospective trials are underway in the United States, even if public health officials predict that any plan to distribute a potential vaccine fairly will face a relapse.
Meanwhile, top federal health officials such as Foki and the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, warned that the outbreak in the US is far from under control, has an “alarming” trajectory and brought America to its knees. “.
All of this has put pressure on Congress to adopt another coronavirus aid package, which includes school funding, unemployment benefits and hunger benefits. But at the moment, there is still a gap between the parties, and Republicans are proposing to reduce expanded unemployment benefits to $ 200 a week. Meanwhile, with the help gap, observers predict a wave of evictions.