The fallthe wave has arrived Seventeen states across the US are now seeing increases unlike anything they have experienced in this pandemic, and no state in the country is seeing a prolonged decline.
The country has closed 8 million total COVID-19 cases, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. The number of new infections in the US reached nearly 60,000 on Wednesday, which is a high single day unseen since summer.
Hotspots erupted across the Midwest, with smaller, rural hospitals struggling to handle.
“It̵7;s no joke when we say we swim in COVID,” said Dr. Scott Samlan, an emergency room doctor in Hammond, Indiana, a state hit a record for cases on Thursday.
“What has the last five, six months left you been taught to be better prepared for today’s situation?” Question by CBS News.
“Scary,” Samlan replied. “I think the scary part for many of us is that we don’t know how any individual will handle COVID.”
On Thursday, at least eight states reported their highest number of daily cases since the pandemic began. The numbers continue to rise in New Jersey, where the rate of positivity will put the state on its own quarantine list, and the number of deaths in Florida in one day will double overnight.
One factor that can help is a person’s blood type. Two studies this week suggest people with Type O blood may be less vulnerable to COVID-19, but not to certain coronavirus treatments. A new study from the World Health Organization found that treatments such as remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine did not improve the safety of COVID-19.
Anne Yurek, of Lancaster, Wisconsin, says people do not take the virus seriously. “My uncle, my brother, my sister and then my father died,” Yurek said. “I can’t even go to my father’s funeral. We couldn’t say goodbye.”
on Wednesday pushed against the White House idea that flock safety – which allows the virus to spread uncontrollably while protecting the most vulnerable – could pave the way for the country out of the pandemic. Fauci called the idea “total nonsense.”