Johns Hopkins University has been recording data regarding all aspects of the coronavirus pandemic since cases initially started appearing in the United States. Recently, the Universities data showed that the number of new coronavirus cases in more than half of the states in the US are going down. These states are also mainly more rural areas with less densely populated metropolitans, such as Manhattan, however, this is still really positive news.
So far 28 states in total have recorded a decline in new Covid-19 cases appearing in their hospitals. Several of these states were the ones who decided to reopen early as well, including Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Colorado, however, as we know this virus is unpredictable, so no one is in the clear yet.
In addition, seven states are still experiencing an increase in new cases, and the remaining 15 have reported to be holding relatively steady in the middle. So far, 1.4 million Americans have tested positive for Covid-19, and more than 85,000 have died, so while these states are experiencing a decline in new case numbers, the universal opinion has been that the US need to increase it’s quarantine and lockdown policies exponentially if we want to see a real difference.
One of the biggest concerns that the US has been coping with since the beginning of this pandemic has been getting access to proper testing for the virus. While not every person who contracts Covid-19 needs treatment, as many are asymptomatic, it’s still crucial to get tested so that healthcare professionals can warn you to quarantine away from your loved ones for at least 14 days to prevent the further spread of the disease.
“Every case that’s out there could be the spark that starts another outbreak in your community that gets out of control. With the right measures, countries can suppress transmission and avoid bouncing back-and-forth between lockdown and lifting restrictions,” said Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some experts have speculated that the coronavirus could continue to spread for the next two years, or until about 70% of the world’s population has been infected. Obviously, finding a vaccine is a top priority for healthcare professionals. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has begun a new trial for those who have mild symptoms to see how effective/strong the drug treatments they’ve been experimenting with are working.
“We will enroll 2,000 people infected with coronavirus to try the drug combination at home. Study participants must have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive short-term treatment with either hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin or matching placebos. People living with HIV and pregnant and breastfeeding women also are eligible to participate in the study,” according to the NIH.
For now, the CDC, NIH, and any other healthcare professional worldwide would likely tell you to continue abiding by social distancing measures, and remaining indoors as much as possible. If you do need to leave the house, wear all the protective gear necessary and stay at least six feet apart from everyone.