5 States Where Coronavirus Death Rates Are Blowing Up
This is a unique moment when the seasoned politicians, health experts, and the rest of us are looking at the news and shaking our heads with unified disbelief: the U.S. just broke yet another painful record yesterday. With more than 59,400 infections recorded on Wednesday, now more than 3.1 million people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 133,000 have died, according to the New York Times data.
What is even more worrying is: the death rate from the virus, which had been declining, is now on the rise again. It's logical that more virus infections equal more deaths, especially with overwhelmed hospitals in the South. According to the CDC, the average period from symptom onset to the reporting of death is just about 3 weeks. This the grimmest of news and it means that we will observe a sharp rise in death reports in the coming weeks. Here is the latest data (we based it on a model created by Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, and data from the COVID Tracking Project) from the five states with the highest number of new cases per population. If you live there you should be worried!
Testing: up 12%
Cases: up 36%
Current hospitalizations: up 66%
Daily deaths: up 79%
Testing: up 80%
Cases up: 162%
Current hospitalizations: not available
Daily deaths: up 37%
Testing: up 15%
Cases: up 162%
Current hospitalizations: up 50%
Daily deaths: up 7%
Testing: up 56%
Cases: up 65%
Current hospitalizations: up 76%
Daily deaths: up 62%
Testing up: 41%
Cases up: 86%
Current hospitalizations: up 140%
Daily deaths: up 52%
Georgia, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, and California
And how does the situation in next worst five states look? "Georgia, Nevada, Mississippi, Alabama, and California all have big increases in hospitalizations. And four out of the five have increased deaths — all but Georgia," writes Dr. Jha.
Good News: New York
Testing: down 4%
Cases: up 6%
Current hospitalizations down: 32%
Daily deaths: down 56%
How to Stay Safe in Your State
Earlier this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had advice for every American: "Avoid crowds," he said. "If you're going to have a social function, maybe a single couple or two—do it outside if you're going to do it. Those are fundamental, and everybody can do that right now." So avoid those crowds, wear your face mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently, monitor your health, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.