This is How Bad COVID Really is Right Now
The day experts warned us about has come: The United States logged more than 100,000 COVID-19 cases in a day—and then broke that record yesterday. It seems there's no end in sight, with Thanksgiving, and its potential to spread the virus among families and across state borders, around the corner. Read on to see which records were broken, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
We Broke the Record for Number of Daily Cases
The United States reported 116,707 new coronavirus infections on Thursday. That's up from the previous record, 102,831, the day before. Breaking 100,000 cases a day was something experts hoped would never happen, but they warned it might. "I think it's important to tell you and the American public that I'm very concerned, because it could get very bad," Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Senate more than four months back, warning we'd break 100,000 daily cases. "We can't keep pretending this virus is getting better." His prediction has come true.
Twenty States Saw Their Highest Case Counts Yet
The trend line goes up and up in states like North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, which are recording numbers higher than ever before. Not coincidentally, many of these states are "Trump country," meaning the responsibility to stay safe lies in the hands of its citizens more than the state governments. "Today, statistically, marks the worst day yet for North Dakota," Gov. Doug Burgum (R) said Thursday, calling for "individual responsibility" instead of any mandates.
Fatalities Exceeded 1,000 for the Third Day in a Row
Where there are rising cases, there are rising hospitalizations. Where there are hospitalizations, there are deaths. Although doctors know a lot more about how to treat COVID-19, reducing the overall death rate, there is no cure. Twenty-three people died of COVID in Massachusetts yesterday. Five in Oregon. Fifty-one in New Jersey. They add up every day. In a macabre twist this week, a North Dakota state legislature candidate and Trump supporter won his election—but had died that week of COVID-19.
Some Hospitals are Overrun and Running Out of Beds
This sounds right out of a bad B-movie but it's real: "Only nine intensive care beds were available in the Twin Cities on Wednesday morning amid a surge in COVID-19 that is sending more Minnesotans into hospitals," reports the Star Tribune. "When you start seeing our hospitals fill up, it's not just going to be one place or two places. It's going to be happening all over the state of Ohio," said Ohio's Gov. Mike DeWine, who described the rising case numbers as "shockingly high." In cities in Utah and Texas, field hospitals have had to open to accommodate the overflow, but staffs are also short.
Cities are Implementing Restrictions
Although some states refuse to implement mandates or even suggested rules, others are starting to tighten up. Massachusetts just issued a stay-at-home advisory, which begins tonight, asking citizens to remain at home after 10 pm. El Paso, Texas, is now enforcing rules that limit how many people are allowed to gather in indoors, and in restaurants and gyms. "After weeks of rising coronavirus infections, Montgomery County is likely to become the first locality in the Washington region to reimpose significant restrictions on social and commercial activity," reports the Washington Post. Expect more like this to come in the near future.
How to Stay Safe Where You Are
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place, no matter where you live: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.