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The U.S. Just Broke This Grim COVID Record 

“The surge will inevitably get worse.” 

Late in the summer, health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci—warned that it was absolutely crucial to make COVID-19 prevention methods a priority, or we would be entering into a deadly fall and winter season. In order to minimize infection, keep hospitalization at a minimum and ultimately save lives, he urged the wearing of masks, social distancing, avoiding crowded places, staying outdoors whenever possible, and practicing hand hygiene. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, the curve has not flattened, instead going in the opposite direction. As we get deeper in the fall and winter season, COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, infecting people of all ages, races, and gender, and breaking new records daily — including one major landmark over the weekend. Read on for more, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

What COVID-19 Record Did the U.S. Just Break?

According to the latest COVID-19 tracking numbers, the United States broke its seven-day average of new daily cases on Sunday, with an average of over 68,767 new cases per day. The previous record was set on July 22 during the summer surge with an average of 67,293 reported on July 22. 

The country also broke another record of the two highest single days — Friday and Saturday — with more than 83,000 each day. In total, since the start of the pandemic there have been more than 8.6 million COVID-19 infections in the United States alone, with over 225,oo people losing their lives as a result. Darren Mareiniss, MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine Physician at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and expert in pandemic preparedness, warns that these numbers are going to continue increasing as the season progresses. 

"The fall/winter surge is starting," he explains. "The surge will assuredly get worse and we need to react immediately to stem the spread of the virus. If we don't do this early, it will cost lives." He also points out that, "with rampant spread, we risk overwhelming our healthcare resources," which will ultimately contribute to mortality.

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What Can You Do to End COVID-19?

"The time to mandate face mask wearing is now," he urges. "Those areas with surging cases need to enforce mask wearing and consider lockdown measures, distancing learning, and preventing social gatherings." He maintains that "the earlier the non-pharmaceutical interventions are enacted, the more lives will likely be saved," citing studies from the 1918 pandemic showing cities that delayed such social distancing interventions suffered higher disease and death rates than those that didn't. 

Data released on Friday by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington serve as additional evidence to Dr. Mareiniss' statement. They revealed that if 95% of Americans masked up in public, over 100,000 lives could be saved by February. So wear your face mask, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID

Leah Groth
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