The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn Americans against traveling for Christmas as hospital admissions hit a record 100,000, new cases top 200,000, and daily deaths top 2,700.
Health officials fear that gatherings during the holiday season could lead to a surge in infections like the one that occurred over Thanksgiving.
"The best thing Americans can do during the holiday season is stay home and not travel," said Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC's incident manager for the COVID-19 response, made a media call to reporters on Wednesday.
& # 39; Cases rise. Hospital stays are increasing. The deaths are increasing. We have to try to bend the curve and stop this exponential increase. & # 39;
The number of hospital stays in the US hit a record 100,226 on Tuesday, with the number of cases exceeding 200,000. This is the first time the US has hit both metrics.
The number of deceased has now exceeded 2,733 in a single day – according to the Covid Tracking Project, the highest daily toll since April. On April 14, the US recorded 2,703 deaths, but New York added a further 3,778 probable deaths to its daily number on the same day, adding to the number.
According to the Covid Tracking Project, more than 19,000 of those in the hospital are in intensive care units and almost 7,000 are on a ventilator.
“Every thinking person has to worry. That we have so many hospitalizations suggests that we have been very poor at controlling this pandemic, ”Philip Landrigan, director of a global public health program at Boston College, told the New York Times.
"It's spreading very quickly and in many places it's basically gotten out of control."
The record-breaking numbers for hospital stays and new cases come on the same day that the CDC officially cut the quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus from 14 days to seven to ten days. A leaked White House report found that the US is "at" historic risk for uncontrolled coronavirus transmission.
The CDC has warned Americans to postpone their travel plans and stay home for Christmas and the holiday season. Pictured: Travelers go through security before boarding at Denver International Airport in Colorado on November 24th
A leaked report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force found the US is at "historic risk" for transmitting COVID-19 and all Americans are at risk (see above).
The number of hospital stays in the US hit a record 100,226 on Tuesday, with the number of cases exceeding 200,000. This is the first time the US has hit both metrics
The number of deceased has now exceeded 2,733 in a single day – according to the Covid Tracking Project, the second highest daily toll since the pandemic began
At a roundtable of workers affected by the pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden made the terrible prediction that 250,000 more Americans could die in the next two months.
Biden, who warned of a "dark winter," did not provide any details to support his assessment.
We'll probably lose another 250,000 dead by January, ”Biden said. & # 39; You hear me? Because people aren't paying attention. & # 39;
He added, "You can't travel as much as you want this vacation."
On Tuesday, a CDC official said the safest thing Americans could do this holiday season is to skip travel plans and stay home.
Dr. Cindy Friedman, director of the CDC's travel health department, said that even a small percentage of people who leave their homes could lead to thousands of cases.
"Travel is a door-to-door experience that can spread the virus while traveling and into communities where travelers visit or live," she said.
"We know it's a tough decision and people need time to prepare, have conversations with family and friends, and make those decisions."
Similar recommendations were issued by the CDC before Thanksgiving, with instructions on how to stay home and postpone travel.
However, millions of Americans ignored the warnings and the number of people passing through the Travel Security Administration checkpoints at airports was at its highest level since mid-March.
For those who choose to travel, the CDC recommended getting tested for COVID-19 between one to three days before the trip and again three to five days after.
In addition, those who return should not engage in unnecessary activities for seven days.
On the same day, the CDC released new guidelines for quarantine after exposure to the coronavirus for those who have no symptoms.
It is recommended that if you test negative, you can resume normal activity seven days after initial exposure.
If you don't want to get a test, you can resume daily activities after 10 days.
It also revealed a leaked report from the White House "The risk of COVID for all Americans is at an all-time high."
"We are in a very dangerous place," the task force said in the report sent to and received by the states on Tuesday NBC News.
The report, which is sent to U.S. states every week, appears to portray the entire country as one giant hotspot, with almost every county reporting at least 200 cases per 100,000 people.
"I have no doubt that the death toll is going to rise … and this is a terrible and tragic place," Josh Michaud, assistant director of global health at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told The Associated Press.
"It's going to be a very dark couple of weeks."
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