TOP TRENDING

The death toll from COVID-19 is increasing by nearly 1,900 every day


The United States has just recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 deaths in six months – as infections and hospitalizations continue to rise and hit highs nationwide.

The death toll rose to 1,893 on Wednesday, the highest number of deaths since May 8 during the outbreak's first peak. This brings the 7-day moving average of deaths to over 1,000 per day – a number that has not been seen since August. The average death toll had hit lows of 600 in the last month before gradually rising.

Meanwhile, infections across the country hit a record high on Wednesday for the second time in a row with 144,133 cases. New cases continued to surge to an all-time high of more than 120,000 a day in the past week.

The number of hospital stays in the US also continues to rise to a daily high. More than 65,000 patients are currently being treated.

While new cases and hospitalizations have risen since October, the number of Americans who die each day has not increased at the same rate.

Deaths, which are a lagging indicator and potentially increase weeks after infection, are still below the highest 2,000 deaths per day in spring.

The increases come when Joe Biden's new COVID advisor said the US should hold a national lockdown for six weeks to avoid "virus hell" and suggested that the federal government pay workers while the country is closed .

The US death toll rose to 1,893 on Wednesday, the highest number of deaths since May 8, during the outbreak's first peak. The average number of deaths, which is a trailing indicator and can potentially increase weeks after infection, is still lower than the highest 2,000 deaths per day in spring

Infections across the country hit a record high of 144,133 cases on Wednesday. New cases continued to surge to an all-time high of more than 120,000 a day in the past week

Infections across the country hit a record high of 144,133 cases on Wednesday. New cases continued to surge to an all-time high of more than 120,000 a day in the past week

Since Biden won the election last week, he has appeared repeatedly on television urging Americans to wear masks to stop the virus from spreading.

However, President Trump has been noticeably silent about the ongoing pandemic. Instead, he has repeatedly claimed that he believed the election was stolen from him because of election fraud.

This new wave is more widespread than the waves that occurred in the northeast and the sun belt in spring and summer.

While the death toll could still potentially go up as it takes time for people to get sick and die, doctors believe the death toll may not be as high as it was in the first waves as doctors now know better how to treat severe cases, which means higher percentages of COVID. 19 patients going to intensive care units come out alive.

Patients will also benefit from new treatments, namely remdesivir, the steroid dexamethasone, and an antibody drug that was approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration this week.

However, health officials have warned that if hospitals are overwhelmed, patients could begin to die.

More than 241,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19 and 10.4 million cases have been confirmed.

A forecast by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics estimates the death toll could reach nearly 400,000 by February. Researchers predict that 63,000 lives could be saved if the majority of Americans wear masks and social distancing.

The number of cases per day is currently increasing in 49 states and the number of deaths per day is increasing in 39.

Midwestern states, including North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, are currently seeing spikes in deaths – weeks after cases and hospitalizations in those regions increased.

Texas became the first state on Wednesday to have more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and California followed closely with more than 984,000 cases. Despite the surge in cases and hospitalizations in these two populous states, deaths there are not on the up.

The number of hospital stays in the US also continues to rise to a daily high. More than 65,000 patients are currently being treated

The number of hospital stays in the US also continues to rise to a daily high. More than 65,000 patients are currently being treated

Dr. Michael Osterholm, who was appointed to Joe Biden's COVID-19 task force on Monday, has suggested that the US should put in place a four- to six-week national lockdown as it awaits a vaccine

Dr. Michael Osterholm, who was appointed to Joe Biden's COVID-19 task force on Monday, has suggested that the US should put in place a four- to six-week national lockdown as it awaits a vaccine

Health experts have attributed the current fluctuations in part to the onset of cold weather and growing frustration with mask wearing and other public health measures.

California, New York, and several states in the Midwest have now started tightening restrictions on residents.

States are imposing lockdown measures again

CALIFORNIA: Based on a tiered system that affects counties differently. In hard-hit areas like Los Angeles County, people were pressing to stay home. Bars, restaurants and gyms are closed. LA parks and golf courses are still open.

CONNECTICUT: Restaurants have to stop table service at 9:30 p.m. and private gatherings have been reduced to 10 people.

IDAHO: Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25% of maximum capacity and indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people. Customers have to stay seated in bars and restaurants.

ILLINOIS: No indoor service in bars or restaurants, which also have to close at 11 p.m. Meetings are limited to 25 people.

NEW MEXICO: The retail store must be closed until 10 p.m. Food and beverage establishments offer no more than 25% capacity for indoor meals.

NEW YORK: Bars, restaurants and gyms must close at 10 p.m. Private indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

NEW JERSEY: Restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges where you can no longer dine indoors until 10 p.m. All seats at the bar are prohibited. All interstate games and tournaments for indoor K-12 sports are prohibited.

MINNESOTA: Restaurants and bars must be closed until 10 p.m.

In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz has also announced new restrictions, including restaurants and bars that close until 10 p.m.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has ordered all restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges to cease indoor dining by 10 p.m. It also bans all interstate games and tournaments for indoor K-12 sports.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began reintroducing his state's restrictions on Wednesday by ordering bars, restaurants and gyms to close until 10 p.m. He has now also banned indoor gatherings in houses for more than 10 people.

The restrictions came as the nationwide COVID-19 rate rose to 2.9 percent, the highest level in six months.

Deaths and hospitalizations are currently increasing in some parts of the state, but not all.

In New York City, for example, deaths have stabilized despite the rising infection rate. The rate in the city is now 2.52 percent.

The average infection rate in New York was 48 percent in April, when the state was the epicenter of the US outbreak.

Dr. Michael Osterholm, COVID-19 advisor to President-elect Joe Biden, said a six-week nationwide lockdown would prevent the US from entering the Covid Hell until a vaccine can be distributed.

Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, is one of the public health experts the Biden Transition Team has appointed to its advisory board.

“We could now pay for a package to cover all wages, lost wages for individual workers for losses to small businesses to medium-sized companies or city, state and district governments. We could do all of this, ”he told CNBC.

"If we did that, we could lock up for four to six weeks."

He suggested that such a lockdown would bring the US in line with those of New Zealand and Australia, where the number of new daily cases has been reduced to below 10.

"We really saw us move towards vaccine availability in the first and second quarters of next year while getting the economy back on track well in advance," he told CNBC.

Osterholm suggested the country would have worse days ahead if these types of measures were not taken.

Speaking of places like El Paso, Texas, where officials have already closed stores as the health system is overwhelmed, he claimed that "people don't want to hear that El Paso is not an isolated event".

"El Paso is becoming the norm in many cases," he said.

“I think the message is how we can get through this. We need FDR moments now. We need fireside chats. We need someone to tell America, "This the hell is going to happen," he said.

Earlier this week, Osterholm suggested that the country will go to the 'Covid Hell' if it doesn't take action to address the emerging cases soon.

He said the next three to four months will be the darkest time for the pandemic yet.

"What America needs to understand is that we are on the verge of Hell from Covid," he told CNBC. & # 39; It happens. & # 39;

NEW YORK COVID-19 STATS: NOW VS THEN

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began reintroducing his state's restrictions on Wednesday by ordering bars, restaurants and gyms to close until 10 p.m. He has now also banned indoor gatherings in houses for more than 10 people.

The restrictions came as the nationwide COVID-19 rate rose to 2.9 percent, the highest level in six months.

Here's a breakdown of where the state now compares to the peak days in April:

Positivity Rate:

Now: 2.9%

April: 48%

Daily deaths:

Now: 32

April 13: 783

Daily cases:

Now: 3,965

April 15: 11,571

Daily hospital stays:

Now: 1,548

April 14: 18,697

“We haven't even got close to the summit, and as such, our hospitals are now being overrun. The next three to four months will be by far the darkest of the pandemic. & # 39;

Despite Osterholm's calls for a national lockdown, recent Gallup polls show that fewer than half of Americans say they are likely to abide by it.

About 49 percent of Americans surveyed between October 19 and November 1 said they would be "very likely" to stay home if a ban were reinstated.

That number is lower than the 67 percent who said they would stay home during the Spring Summit.

More than 30 percent said they would not obey lockdown orders, which is double what it was in April.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said he wanted to avoid a national lockdown because "there is no appetite to lockdown the American public".

He has insisted that national lockdown does not have to happen if people adhere to public health measures such as wearing masks and washing hands.

“We want to stay away from it because there is no appetite to shut down the American public. I think we can do it without a ban, ”Fauci told ABC's GMA on Thursday.

“You don't necessarily have to turn everything off. The best opposite strategy to lockdown is to step up public health action before the lockdown occurs.

"If you are good at this, you don't have to take this step … which has so many psychological and economic implications.

& # 39; Help is on the way. Vaccines will have a positive effect. & # 39;

A vaccine is imminent after Pfizer announced earlier this week that its treatment was 90 percent effective.

The US drug maker expects to file for FDA approval next week, which could mean vaccinations could start in December.

America's COVID-19 Cases Compared to Europe: Hospital stays and cases are on the rise but below levels in the hardest-hit EU countries

America's largest states, despite their growing COVID-19 outbreaks, still have lower infection rates than major Western European economies, while the burden on US hospitals is also increasing, but less severe.

The weekly infection rates per 100,000 people in California (108), Texas (198), New York (117) and Florida (131) are significantly lower than in Great Britain (235), Spain (298), Italy (378) or France (523 ) and similar to Germany (151).

However, rates are still higher in the America’s hardest hit states in the Midwest, including Wisconsin (735), Iowa (889), and North Dakota (1,190).

Much of Europe is now closed again. The UK and France are placing month-long stay-at-home orders and Germany is closing bars and restaurants.

Italy is trying to avoid a second national lockdown, but bars are now closed in many regions. Spain imposed a national curfew from 11pm last month.

The higher infection rates in Europe are also putting a greater strain on hospitals, including in France, where almost 31,900 people with Covid-19 are now in hospital, of which 4,800 are in intensive care.

There are currently 48 patients hospitalized for every 100,000 people in France, compared to 45 in Spain and 21 in the UK.

The numbers for America's most populous states are 10 in California, 21 in Texas, 14 in Florida, and 8 in New York.

(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) Nachrichten (t) Coronavirus