The "Terrifying" Rise in COVID Cases is Here
A sober reality is setting in: Last week, while you were looking at the electoral map online, clicking refresh, the coronavirus raged on, with record days of 100,000+ COVID-19 cases and no end in sight. This week, as Joe Biden assembles his coronavirus task force, the challenge for all Americans will be how to stop the new surge going into the holiday season (no matter who the President is). Read on for the dire warnings from experts, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
With Deaths Rising, One Doctor Says We're In a "Terrifying Place"
"The rate of new cases is soaring, and for the first time is averaging more than 100,000 a day in the United States, which has reported more Covid-19 cases than any other country. An astonishing number — one in 441 Americans — have tested positive for the virus just in the last week," reports the New York Times. "With 29 states setting weekly case records, the virus is surging at a worrisome level in more than half the country. Nationwide, hospitalizations have nearly doubled since mid-September, and deaths are slowly increasing again, with few new interventions in place to stop the spiraling outbreak."
"We are in a terrifying place," said Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, an assistant professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina who studies pandemic response, told the paper. "All I see is cases continuing to go up, unless we do something."
With Cases Consistently Over 100,000 a Day, One Expert Says We're Pouring "Gasoline on a Fire"
"There were 105,927 new coronavirus cases reported on Sunday, marking the 5th day in a row that cases topped 100,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. With 42 states reporting at least 10% more new Covid-19 cases this past week, according to JHU, an emergency physician at Brown University warns that the United States is 'heading into the very worst of this pandemic,'" reports CNN. "We're about to see all of these little epidemics across the country, crossed and mixed, and it's going to be an awful lot like pouring gasoline on a fire," Dr. Megan Ranney told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield Sunday.
With the Surge in Cases, One Director Says Hospitals Won't be Able to Care for Everyone
"A surge of cases revealed a snowball effect: It took only 10 days for the country to move from 9 million cases to what is expected to be its 10 millionth case Monday. By comparison, it took more than three months for the country to go from no cases to 1 million in late April," reports the Washington Post. "Public health officials reacted with dire warnings."
"Down this current path lies [a] continued rapid rise in cases," Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, wrote on Twitter. "More people on ventilators. Higher numbers of people dying. More survivors with long term consequences. Hospitals under pressure until they can't provide care for everyone anymore."
With Election Day Behind Us, the Former FDA Chief Says We Need a Strategy—Now
When asked what the Trump Administration might do to fight the virus in the days between now and January, Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA head, said on CBS's Face the Nation: "Well, I'm not sure what they're going to do. I mean, my advice to them would be to get more aggressive. We're past the election. And I think they need to focus on what we can be doing nationally. We've been sort of arguing politically over what I think is a false dichotomy, a strawman, that it's really a choice between lockdowns and no lockdowns. And that's not the case. We- we don't need to shut down the country, close businesses, tell people they need to stay at home to get some measure of control over this virus. We're not going to get perfect control over this virus. It's a contagious virus. It's going to spread, but it doesn't need to spread at the levels and at the velocity that's going to start to press the health care system, which is what we're seeing. We're seeing that in Wisconsin now. It's building field hospitals. Utah's building field hospitals. El Paso built their fourth mobile morgue. We now have- we're going to have a record number of hospitalizations this week. Now, 56,000 people are hospitalized. 11,000 are in the ICU. These are very big numbers nationally, and it's accelerating very quickly."
With Cases Popping up in Smaller Towns, It May Not Look Like a Pandemic—But Will Be Deadly
"Epidemiologists and medical experts are warning that the dynamics of this phase of the pandemic are different from what the country experienced in the spring and summer. Whereas earlier in the pandemic, the virus was spreading in certain parts of the country, it's now spreading rapidly in nearly every community across the country, Christine Peterson, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa, said in a phone interview," reports CNBC. "It's going to be bad and I think it's going to be bad in a different way, because instead of having these pictures of morgue trucks and densely populated areas with a lot of patients, this is going to be lots of smaller places," she said. "So it's going to be harder to see the obvious impact because it's so spread out in these really small town hospitals, but they're really going to be struggling."
Dr. Fauci Warned That Even if You Survive COVID-19, You May Be Debilitated
"We do know for absolutely certain that there is a post COVID-19 syndrome referred to sometimes as 'long COVID,' 'chronic COVID,' 'long haulers,' it's got different names," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said in an interview Saturday with the American Medical Association (AMA). "And we're seeing variable percentages in anywhere from 25 to 35% or more have lingering symptoms. Well beyond what you'd expect post any viral syndrome like influenza and others, it's fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, dysautonomia, sleep disturbances. And what people refer to as brain fog, which is a nonmedical way of describing a lack of ability to concentrate or to focus." Call a medical professional if you experience any of those symptoms, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.