More than 195,500 new infections were reported on Friday, a number many considered unheard of just weeks ago. The largest number of one-day cases during the summer tide in the country was just over 77,100 in July.
Spread is “faster” and “wider” than ever
Despite alarming figures, many experts this week predicted that things were likely to get worse before they improved.
“It’s faster. It’s wider. And what worries me may be longer,” she said.
The Louisiana Department of Health said about 90 percent of the new cases reported were in the community, while 10 percent were in the municipality. Colorado officials said that according to a new modeling report, every 49 people in the state are infected with Covid-19 – the highest prevalence since the virus arrived there. In Washington, Gov. Jay Insley said the state was “on fire” and the virus was “raging” in its communities.
These messages come before Thanksgiving week, when health officials fear many Americans will choose to visit family and friends and further fuel the spread of the virus – many times without knowing it.
“The CDC and others estimate that more than 50% of all infections are transmitted by people who show no symptoms,” the agency said on its website.
“That means at least half of the new infections come from people who probably don’t know they’re contagious to others.”
What does this mean for the country
The growing number has brought some hospital systems to their knees and prompted state leaders to take action to curb the spread.
At least 24 hospital managers have warned the American Hospital Association that they are understaffed, said Nancy Foster, vice president of the Association for Quality and Patient Safety Policy. These concerns have been raised in states, including Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and North and South Dakota, and all have recently seen an increase in infections, she added.
And this shortage is difficult to correct when the withdrawal of health workers “justifiably causes significant emotional and physical casualties due to the impact of the pandemic,” Foster told CNN.
And in rural areas of the country, the challenge is often greater.
Of the approximately 2,000 hospitals considered rural, about 1,700 have 50 or fewer beds and about 1,300 have 25 or fewer beds, according to Tom Morris, associate administrator of rural health policy at the Health and Resources Administration of the federal government.
“We’re not talking about large facilities. We’re not talking about a large intensive care unit,” Morris said during a health seminar at the National Institutes of Health. “In many of these hospitals, they can offer an Intensive Care Unit on one of the two beds.”
In response to the crisis, a number of managers this week announced new measures to fight rising infections and alleviate strained hospital systems.
There is also good news
These include wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds and washing your hands regularly. The Institute for Health Indicators and Assessments at the University of Washington predicted this week that 65,000 lives could be saved by March 1 if 95% of Americans wear masks.
The CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reviewed the trends in the case a month before the term and the month after the term, and found that in the 24 counties that require people to wear masks in public, there is a net reduction of 6% in cases. . Meanwhile, in non-mandated districts, the disease continues to rise, with the net increasing in cases of around 100%.
And soon there may be more reinforcements in the battle against Covid-19.
Although the EUA application is “encouraging”, the American Society of Communicable Diseases stressed on Friday that a transparent review of Pfizer’s data is still needed.
And if the vaccine is given the green light, “clinical trials and data collection must continue,” Dr. Barbara Alexander, president of IDSA, said in a statement.
“Measures that include wearing masks, washing hands frequently, maintaining physical distance and limiting the size of gatherings will remain crucial,” the statement said. “Finally, new federal funding must be secured for the widespread, fair and equitable distribution of vaccines in addition to confidence-building campaigns in vaccines.”
CNN’s Michael Nedelman, Andy Rose, Jen Christensen, Jacqueline Howard, Maggie Fox and Holly Silverman contributed to this report.