There is almost no place in America where Covid-19 cases are counting in the right direction, as the country goes into what health experts say will be the most challenging months of the pandemic.
The United States has, on average, more than 55,000 new cases a day – an increase of more than 60% since a dip in mid-September – and experts say the country is in the midst of the dreaded fall. On Friday, the United States reported the most infections in a single day since July. As of Saturday, more than 8.1 million cases of the virus had been reported in the United States, and 219,286 people had died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Only Missouri and Vermont recorded a more than 10% improvement in the average number of reported cases over the past week, according to university data. Cases in Connecticut and Florida, on the other hand, rose by 50% or more.
Twenty-seven states saw peaks between 10% and 50%: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
New cases are static in the remaining states.
“This is really a scary time and people need to be careful,” said epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.
‘This increase has the potential to get much worse’
On Friday, 10 states reported their highest daily count: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to Johns Hopkins.
As infections increase, so do hospitalizations. In New Mexico, hospital admissions have increased by 101% this month, said Michelle Lujan Grisham government.
More hospital admissions are likely to be followed by an increase in daily coronavirus deaths, Drs. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
Although the average of 700 deaths from coronavirus a day, the United States remains lower than the daily tolls of 1,000 in July and August, University of Washington researchers research that more than 2,300 Americans could die daily in mid-January.
“When we saw this type of transmission earlier in the pandemic, in March and April, the virus was not inoculated everywhere … This increase has the potential to be far worse than it was than either spring or summer,” El-Sayed, Detroits former health director, said.
Heads of state are pushing new restrictions
Americans can help get the virus under control, experts say, following guidelines proclaimed by officials for months: avoid crowded environments, keep distance, hold small gatherings outdoors and wear a mask.
“This is a good time for people to stop and ask themselves, ‘What can I do to make sure we limit the additional infections that otherwise appear to be threatening in front of us, as cold weather kicks in and people are indoors and these curves are going up, in the wrong direction? ‘”Collins said Friday.
The footage has prompted state leaders to push for new restrictions, including enforcing masks and restrictions on gatherings, in hopes of limiting the spread.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced changes to state health measures, including requiring hospitals to reserve at least 10% of staffed general beds and ICU beds for Covid-19 patients.
In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said this month that he was instructing authorities to step up enforcement of the mask, and in New Mexico this week the governor ordered new restrictions on mass rallies and a closing time at 1 p.m. 22.00 for companies serving alcohol.
“Every new Mexican can and must do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, limiting their interaction with others, and wearing their masks,” Grisham tweeted.