The alarming trends come ahead of a season that is likely to be particularly challenging. Students across the country have returned to class and college students – some of whom live on campuses that reported Covid-19 outbreaks – will soon return to visit their families and could unknowingly bring the virus back with them. And Covid-19 will also be stacked up against the flu season and be able to create what doctors call a “twin-demic.”
What happens next is unclear. But here’s how we got here:
about a month after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization,
The United States hit its first peak during the pandemic, averaging just over 31
,800 daily cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The cases were mainly grouped in New York with other minor outbreaks in places like Washington State, Louisiana and Illinois. Around that time, the state of New York had more infections than any other country in the world with more than 160,000 cases. Pr. On October 16, the state reported more than 481,000 infections.
By June 9th The U.S. had flattened the curve and was averaging about 20,340 new cases daily, data from Johns Hopkins showed. States reopened after week-long lockdowns introduced to help curb the spread of the virus.
With the easing of measures, more Americans began to venture out, and images and videos emerged of parties and other gatherings without social distance and few masks in sight.
July 22ndthe nation reached its highest peak of the pandemic to date with an average of more than 67,000 cases daily. The United States saw great peaks in cases in the West and South.
The case erupted weeks after the crowds celebrated the holiday on July 4th. Across the country, local officials warned that more young people were testing positive and helping to increase the rate of infection.
Arizona, Florida, California, Texas and Georgia added thousands of cases a day. Experts called the Florida epicenter the pandemic, and by the end of the month, more than four dozen hospitals across the state reported full ICUs.
By September 12th the summer peak had dropped to just over 34,300 on average new cases daily according to data from Johns Hopkins. This baseline was higher than it was in the spring, and experts warned Americans to work to lower it as the nation was heading into the colder autumn and winter months.
Now, hotspots in rural Midwest were popping up as children in many American communities returned to school, sports resumed, and political rallies kicked in high gear. Just 10 days later, the country surpassed 200,000 deaths.
Now, we see another increase in cases. The United States has just surpassed eight million infections, and more than 218,000 Americans have died.
The nation has an average of more than 53,000 new cases a day, and at least 26 states reported more than 1,000 new infections in one day this week.
Unlike in earlier times, states reporting alarming trends are spread across all regions of the United States. The crushing of new cases in the Midwest has not failed, and now places like the Northeast, which have been relatively stable since the spring, are seeing an increase in cases.