The Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, warned that the United States could “see another 100,000 deaths on the day of inauguration” as the death rate from coronavirus climbs and public health personnel raise the alarm.
“Once we get into spring, we could easily be at 450,000 or even 500,000 deaths,” Jha said in a Friday night interview on “The News with Shepard Smith.” “It all depends on us, if we do things that are smart, we could avoid it. If we don̵
The United States on Thursday reported a record 187,000 new cases of coronavirus and 2,015 deaths, the most since May as the country faces severe outbreaks heading into the holiday season, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. During the peak of the second wave in the third week of July, an average of 863 people died per year. Day. During the third week of November, however, cases are still rising, with an average of 1,335 people dying per year. Today, showing JHU data.
Case Fatality Rate (CFR) – the percentage of all Covid-positive people in America who eventually die from coronavirus – worries healthcare professionals. Since July 1, the CFR has been at 1.4%, but if the CFR remains constant at the huge case numbers that the country now sees, the US could see 2,500 deaths a day in the near future, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins data .
“Congestion in hospitals leads to higher deaths,” Jha said. “The horrific death toll we see now is going to get significantly worse in the weeks and unfortunately even in the coming months to come.”
In Connecticut, the number is growing at a rapid pace. 96% of the state’s population is now under a Coved “red alarm”. This is the highest possible warning level in the state’s color-coded Covid system. The state experiences a maximum of six months of Covid hospital admissions and has an average of 1,926 cases a day over the past week, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) told host Shepard Smith that he “feels pretty good” about hospital capacity in his state, but that he is concerned about health care workers at those hospitals.
“What I care about are nurses and doctors, I think that will be the choke point for us,” Lamont said. “This is where I need to make sure we have plenty of backups to deal with the stress.”
When it comes to New York, Lamont said he does not agree with closing schools and keeping restaurants open, saying “it’s the wrong way to go.” Covid among school children in Connecticut shoots in the air. This week, cases among K-12 students jumped more than 70% from last week. Gov. Lamont has struggled to keep schools open for personal learning, and he told Smith he is not reconsidering that.
“You’re much more likely to be infected outside of school hybrid, distance or virtual learning – than you are in the classroom,” Lamont said. “Everything I do, I fight so these kids get that classroom experience, but I take it one week at a time.”
Lamont added that he is working to increase test capacity in the middle of hour-long lines throughout his state. Jha stressed the importance of the next two months in curbing infections for future success.
“We can make a huge difference,” Jha said. “We can make it easier to get the vaccine, we can save many lives, and we can prevent many hospitals from being overwhelmed.”