Thanksgiving begins with the annual celebration, but it will not be a holiday for the coronavirus.
As the United States rises to what epidemiologists call the third peak of pandemic infections, public health experts fear that the gathering of family and friends could exacerbate a bad situation.
“Between Thanksgiving and New Year, we experience the potential six weeks of broader events, right, where we can be with family and friends,” Drs. Carlos Carlos, an infectious disease specialist at Emory University School of Medicine, warned. “And we see a lot of pain going on.”;
Del Rio’s alarm sounded in an interview on NBC News Facebook Live with Dr. John Torres, a contributor to NBC News, said the number of new Covid-19 cases in the US rose to the past 8 million and died due to coronavirus rising to a world-leading 218,097.
“So, I am really concerned that we are facing some of the most difficult times in this pandemic in our country,” del Rio said.
He said President Donald Trump was sending the wrong message to Americans with his behavior on Covid-19, his repeated pride about being “immune” since he was released from hospital and his refusal to continue to wear masks at public events and campaign rallies. .
“The president has been infected and has done well for his age,” del Rio said of Trump, 74. “Everyone treated him but the kitchen sink, but he recovered. He is fine. So the president at this point in time says, ‘Hey, this is not a big deal. If you get infected, nothing will happen.'”
In other coronavirus news:
- Trump was wrong to say that “85 percent of people wearing masks” still get the coronavirus, in an interview on Fox Business Network Thursday. He cited as evidence a report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. But a day earlier, the CDC tweeted that “the interpretation that more mask users are infected than those who do not wear masks is incorrect.”
- While the White House is pushing for the approval of a Covid-19 vaccine before Election Day, drug manufacturer Pfizer said it will not apply for emergency use permission for the vaccine candidate until in at least the third week of November. “We are running at the speed of science,” said Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla.
The federal budget deficit under Trump reached a maximum of $ 3.1 trillion in the 2020 budget year as democratic tax revenues intensified and government spending increased. That is more than double the previous record set in 2009 when the Obama administration shared the banking system to limit the damage from the recession that began with President George W. Bush’s watch.
- Eight million Americans have fallen into poverty as a result of the pandemic, according to a new study.
- Hawaii has once again expressed love for tourists, but only if they try the negative before they board the plane.
- The Navajo Nation in Arizona uses the sun and the wind to power digital tablets forced by reserved students used for virtual education due to the pandemic.
- A rare and potentially fatal complication of coronavirus reported in children shows up in adults, doctors warn.
- Hockey was “benched” for two weeks in New Hampshire after at least 158 infections were detected on indoor rinks.
Many of the new infections have erupted in Midwestern states, such as Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana, reporting a record number of Covid-19 cases.
“What is happening in the Upper Midwest is just a harbinger of things to come in the rest of the country,” Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota, told The New York Times.
Other public health experts warn that those numbers will rise even higher as the weather cools.
“It’s not just places like Alaska or Idaho where winter is early,” said Dr. Sadiya Khan, an epidemiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “It can be places like Chicago where gatherings move indoors as the weather cools down. It doesn’t have to be too cold. It just has to be cold enough and you don’t want to be outside.”
While Europe is now being killed by the second wave of pandemic infections, “we are not out of the first wave,” Khan said.
“A second wave indicates that we were able to get the number of cases up to near zero,” Khan said. “Some countries like South Korea and even China have managed to eliminate almost all of their cases, and you could argue that New York City continues to get their positivity rate close to zero. Unfortunately, it is heading in the wrong direction now. ”
The rate of new infections in New York is 1.12 percent, the fourth lowest in the country, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center. But Governor Andrew Cuomo needs to impose a clamp on Covid-19 in the New York City districts of Brooklyn and Queens and in parts of Rockland County where disturbing clusters of new cases appear mostly in Orthodox-Jewish neighborhoods where support for mask wear and social isolation has become loose.
“I liken fighting Covid to playing whack-a-mole,” said Dr. David L. Battinelli, chief medical officer at Northwell Health. “Every time you think it is gone, it pops up again. Because it is not lost. ”
When the number of Covid-19 cases suddenly exploded in March, “we did what we had to do, to isolate and quarantine,” Battinelli said. “But then it calmed down and people didn’t understand it and decided it was gone. But it didn’t go away, we just learned how to keep it. We open up because we learned that by masking, by social isolation, in by washing our hands and maintaining good hygiene, we can slow down the spread. “
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that it could take at least two years for this pandemic to run, Battinelli said.
“It is always assumed that if we become lax about masking and distance, we will see new cases,” he said.
So if there is a fourth peak of Covid-19 infections, which part of the US will be hit first?
“Any place where anyone removes their masks,” Battinelli replied.