US To Hit 8 Million Covid-19 Cases As Daily Rates Of Infection Surpass 50,000

Experts are warning for a tough and long winter in the US as daily Covid-19 infections surpass 50,000 and the death toll nears 220,000.

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Dr. Peter Hotez is a professor of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine who recently spoke with the media about how the rising daily average of new coronavirus cases is an “ominous sign” for what’s to come in the later months as the world continues to wait for a vaccine. “This is the time when we could be entering one of the worst periods of our epidemic and one of our worst periods in modern American public health, I’m very worried for the nation.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci is just one of the nation’s top public health officials urging Americans and government workers to implement stricter health and safety guidelines as we approach the winter as a means of avoiding yet another massive wave of infection and death. With winter also comes the flu season, which when combined with Covid-19 could create an even worse “twin-demic” for Americans. 

The upticks occurring throughout the US have “proven in the past to be a very good prediction of a surge in cases, which ultimately leads to a surge in hospitalizations, and then ultimately, in some individuals that will obviously be an increase in deaths,” Fauci said. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now projects that the US could hit 389,000 Covid-19 deaths by February 2021 if the rates of infection continue as is. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is also predicting more than 20,000 Americans could die within the next three weeks from the virus. 

“At least 35 states are now reporting more new cases than the previous week. Fourteen states were at their peak seven-day case average this Thursday.”

Those fourteen states include Alaska, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. In Arkansas and Michigan, health officials reported the highest number of new Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic while in New Hampshire health experts are seeing a 56% increase in active cases. 

New Mexico reported an 8.1% increase in positive case rates, while the governor of the state called the current state of the pandemic “the most serious emergency that New Mexico has ever faced,” and they’re not alone. New Mexico has since implemented new restrictions to minimize the spread of the virus, which included a limit on mass gatherings and statewide curfew. 

“The virus is now winning, we’re in uncharted waters. ICU beds are full, this is a serious time for the state of New Mexico,” said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. However, experts claim it really doesn’t have to be this way for America, and if local, state, and federal government bodies just doubled down on simple safety measures, including mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand washing, the rate of transmission will slow dramatically. 

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“Universal mask wearing could save the lives of more than 70,000 Americans in the next three and a half months.”

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It’s important that we all remain diligent when it comes to staying home and distancing when we see our loved ones especially as the weather begins to cool and outdoor gatherings become more limited. We’re all in the same position of vulnerability, and we’re all just waiting for a vaccine to come into fruition so life can return to normal, however, we don’t know when that will be.

The World Health Organization recently announced that the antiviral drug remdesivir has “little or no effect on mortality” for patients suffering with Covid-19, and two of the world’s biggest vaccine trials have been put on pause due to unexplained illnesses appearing within participants. 

In terms of remdesivir, however, the WHO claims the findings are disappointing, especially considering until this point it was the only drug that appeared to have specific effects on the Covid-19 virus, and the only drug that had an emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Gilead Sciences, the maker of the drug, recently made a statement claiming that remdesivir is still beneficial to patients, just not as effective as previously believed. “The emerging data appears inconsistent with more robust evidence from multiple randomized, controlled studies published in peer-reviewed journals validating the clinical benefit of remdesivir. We are concerned that the data from this open- label global trial have not undergone the rigorous review required to allow for constructive scientific discussion.”

The WHO’s study of the drug was proven to shorten recovery time by a third for those who are seriously ill with the coronavirus, now, it’s more so confirmed that for those with more mild cases, the drug is relatively useless. So as we continue to wait for new treatment options and potential vaccines to hit the market, it’s imperative that you and your loved ones continue to abide by the very simple procedures that should’ve been enforced in the past eight months.