The United States recorded 2015 deaths from Covid-19 on Thursday, the highest number of new deaths in a single day in May, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as the best White House expert warns of deteriorating prevalence of the disease – even when America is only weeks away from the expected start of vaccinating its people.
The country also saw more than 1
Just weeks after the United States first exceeded 100,000 new cases just one day earlier this month, the new cases are now on the verge of reaching a grim daily stage of 200,000.
On Wednesday, the total death toll in the United States due to Covid-19 reached 250,000 – the most observed of all countries in the world. At least 11 million Americans were infected with the virus during the pandemic that struck the United States in January.
This month, the number of Americans currently hospitalized with coronavirus is the highest ever, surpassing 80,000 people nationwide on Thursday, according to a Covid tracking project.
Unlike previous waves of the virus, the increase in cases is not concentrated in one region. Cases are on the rise in almost all states, which is a worrying scenario as the US holiday season begins.
Dr. Deborah Birks, a senior scientist on the White House team on coronavirus, told CNN on Friday morning that more than half of the country is in the “red zone,” meaning more than 101 new cases per 100,000 residents.
“It’s faster, it’s wider, and what worries me is that it could be longer,” Birks said of the virus’s spread.
Public health experts have been asking the American public for weeks to limit or cancel any gatherings that are usually held around Thanksgiving. A new ad campaign by a coalition of health systems across the country is asking Americans to wear masks as hospitals become increasingly overcrowded.
“I make personal sacrifices so that I don’t infect my parents and my pregnant daughter,” Birks said. “It simply came to our notice then [the spread] not longer. “
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new Thanksgiving guidelines that reiterate that “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.” Most states have some sort of mandatory quarantine for travelers, with some exceptions for those who test negative for the virus.
On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the best infectious disease expert in the country, appeared for the first time at a press briefing on the White House coronavirus after months in which he was removed by Donald Trump and escaped infections in the top circles of Trump. On the podium, Fauci stressed the importance of “simple public health measures” as the country approaches a vaccine against the virus.
“Wearing a mask, social distance, avoiding congregational settings, doing things to such an extent that we can be outdoors and indoors,” Fauci said. “If we do that, we can hold things until the vaccine comes along.”
Public health experts believe the vaccine may be available to Americans with the highest priority by the end of this calendar year. On Friday, drugmaker Pfizer said it had asked the Food and Drug Administration to approve the emergency use of its Covid-19 vaccine. At a White House press briefing, Fauci praised the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna, another pharmaceutical company observed in clinical trials.
“We really need to double public health measures, because we are waiting for this help to come, which will be soon,” he said.