More Americans are hospitalized with coronavirus than ever before. On Thanksgiving, hospitalizations reach a record high of more than 90,000 people, according to the COVID Tracking Project, and about 50 Americans die every hour.
More than 13 million Americans are now infected with the virus – and it shows no signs of slowing down. Hospitals, which are already on the brink, are preparing for a new leap after 6.5 million people flew this holiday week.
Thirty-two states are seeing an increase in new daily cases, with Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Massachusetts breaking records. And the true number of cases may be much higher, given the expected decline in levels of positivity associated with an increase in pre-holiday tests.
“Many people have invaded test programs to get tested before traveling for Thanksgiving,” said Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago Medical Center, adding, “But they reduce levels of positivity by flooding the market for low-risk testing. ”
Landon advised those who learned that one of their Thanksgiving gatherings had been positively quarantined, and warned that “there are so many cases right now that you probably won’t hear from follow-up contact.”
The CDC now says that the actual number of cases in the United States is probably eight times higher than previously thought, due to insufficient reporting, false negatives and asymptomatic carriers that have never been tested.
The NFL’s Baltimore Ravens are facing a serious outbreak that is testing the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. The team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed twice after 12 Ravens, including star quarterback Lamar Jackson, were added to the Reserve / COVID-19 list.
As for the vaccine, the CDC’s Focus on Vaccine Distribution Committee said a vote in an emergency meeting on Tuesday would recommend who gets the vaccine first, if approved by the FDA.
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