Alarming trends precede an era that is likely to be even more challenging. Students across the country return to class and college students – some of whom live on campuses that reported the spread of Covid-19 – will return immediately to visit their families and may not be aware that the virus can be returned to them. And Covid-19 will also be included against the flu season and could create what doctors call “twin-demon.”
What happens next is unclear. But here’s how we got here:
On April 10,
about a month after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization,
the US hit this first point during the pandemic, rising the average to more than 31
,800 daily cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Cases have accumulated in much of New York, among other things, smaller outbreaks in places like the states of Washington, Louisiana and Illinois. At that time, the state of New York had more infections than any other country in the world, with more than 160,000 cases. As of October 16, the state had reported more than 481,000 infections.
By June 9, the US flattened the curve and averaged nearly 20,340 new cases every day, Johns Hopkins data showed. States open after several weeks of lockdowns put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.
With the reduction of proposals, more Americans began to dare to go outside and images and videos appeared of parties and other gatherings with no social distance and some masks were visible.
By July 22, the country has reached the highest peak of the pandemic, to date, on average with more than 67,000 cases daily. The US sees large spikes in cases in the West and South.
The increase in cases comes weeks after the holiday season celebrations on July 4. Nationwide, local officials have warned more young people are testing positive and are helping to drive up the rise in infections.
Arizona, Florida, California, Texas and Georgia add thousands of cases per day. Experts call Florida the center of the pandemic and by the end of the month, more than four dozen hospitals across the state are reporting full ICUs.
By September 12, the summer peak slipped to a little over 34,300 average new cases every day, according to data from Johns Hopkins. That baseline is higher than what it was in the spring and experts have warned Americans that it should work to lower it as the country is heading for cooler autumn and winter months.
Now hotspots are spiking in the Midwest countryside, as children in many U.S. communities return to school, sports start all over again and political rallies are kicked out of high gear. In just 10 days, the country has passed 200,000 deaths.
Now, we are seeing another increase in cases. The US just surpassed eight million infections and more than 218,000 Americans died.
The country averaged more than 53,000 new cases per day and at least 26 states reported more than 1,000 new infections a day this week.
Unlike previous seasons, states reporting disturbing clutter are scattered across all US regions. The crush of new cases in the Midwest has not slowed down and now areas like the Northeast, which have remained relatively stable since spring, are seeing an increase in cases.