Daily deaths from COVID-19 in the US have exceeded 2,100 for the first time since May, as millions of Americans continued to ignore the CDC Thanksgiving tour guide and dire warnings from public health officials that the death toll will rise if cases and hospital stays increase.
The daily death toll across the country rose to 2,146 yesterday, the highest number of deaths per day since May 8, during the virus' first peak.
Nine states, including North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Oregon, Maine, and Alaska, reported record deaths yesterday.
Health officials have been warning for weeks that deaths, which are a trailing indicator, would pick up after the number of cases and hospitalizations began to rise in late September.
172,935 new cases were registered yesterday alone, and the number of infections has been consistently above 100,000 per day for the past three weeks.
88,000 patients are currently being treated in hospitals nationwide. The U.S. has repeatedly set daily records for the number of hospitalizations over the past month, and 30 of the 50 states reported a record number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in November alone.
Despite the devastating numbers and the fact that hospitals in parts of the country are already overwhelmed, the death toll is only expected to rise by millions who defy official warnings and travel for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the U.S. is already in the middle of a surge and that the real effect of Thanksgiving trips and gatherings won't be visible for three weeks, when infections and hospital stays could rise even further.
The daily death toll across the country rose to 2,146 yesterday, the highest number of deaths per day since May 8, during the virus' first peak
172,935 new cases were registered yesterday alone, and the number of infections has been consistently well over 100,000 per day over the past three weeks
Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just a day after the CDC issued strict guidelines urging people to avoid travel.
By next Sunday, according to forecasts by the AAA and based on current numbers, an estimated 6.3 million would have flown in the days before and after Thanksgiving.
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the U.S. is already in the middle of a surge and that the real effect of Thanksgiving trips and gatherings won't be visible for three weeks, when infections and hospital stays could rise even further
AAA, which forecasts Thanksgiving travel every year, says 48 million Americans will travel by car and 350,000 by train between today and Sunday – a total of just 10 percent fewer than last year.
The disregard for the CDC's guidelines comes because the death toll approached 260,000 and infections topped 12.6 million nationwide.
The US is currently the world leader with the highest number of deaths and cases, and Dr. Tatiana Prowell of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said that all Thanksgiving trips will make sure "nobody gets us, either."
"The USA", each person for himself, is killing hundreds of thousands of us. Disastrous to look at, ”said Prowell.
Fauci issued one final plea ahead of the holidays, urging people to keep indoor gatherings as small as possible and to increase the wearing of masks and social distancing.
He noted that there is already a spike and the US doesn't want another Thanksgiving surge that won't be fully visible for another three weeks.
"The final message is to do what we've been saying for a while … keep indoor gatherings as small as possible," he told ABC's Good Morning America. “By making this sacrifice you are preventing people from becoming infected.
Nearly a million people have traveled by plane every day since the holiday travel season began last Friday – just a day after the CDC issued strict guidelines urging people to avoid travel. Pictured above is Flight Tracker from Wednesday morning
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Millions of Americans have continued to ignore CDC guidelines and dire warnings from public health officials to avoid Thanksgiving travel. Pictured above is the crowd waiting to check-in for flights at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport yesterday
DENVER, COLORADO: Despite the devastating numbers and the fact that hospitals are already overwhelmed in parts of the country, the death toll is only expected to rise with millions who defy official warnings and travel for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Travelers picked up their luggage at Denver Airport yesterday
ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Leisure travelers checked in at kiosks near an airline counter at Orlando International Airport yesterday
NEW YORK CITY: Passengers were preparing to board trains at Penn Station in New York yesterday
“The victim could save life and disease now, and make the future much brighter if we get through this … we'll get through this. Vaccines are right on the horizon. If we can just stick with it a little longer and keep doing simple damage control – masks, distancing, avoiding the crowds. This is my last request before the holidays. & # 39;
He warned yesterday that the US could surpass 300,000 deaths by the end of the year if current developments continue.
The University of Washington's Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment has forecast 334,000 deaths by the end of the year if current behavior is maintained. The IHME model predicts there will be 2,500 deaths a day through December 31. However, when people wear masks it stays around 1,500 per day.
Fauci is among the health officials and politicians who have asked Americans to stay home and comply with current restrictions on social and economic life.
With the number of cases rising, more than half of the nation's governors have imposed or reinstated statewide measures this month. Despite stricter requirements for face masks, curfews, and restrictions on bars and restaurants, readings of the virus have only gotten worse.
88,000 patients are currently being treated in hospitals nationwide. The U.S. has repeatedly set daily records for the number of hospitalizations over the past month, and 30 of the 50 states reported a record number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in November
"We're on fire with COVID," Kentucky governor Andy Beshear said on CNN, defending unpopular restrictions he ordered last week that included new restrictions on retail activities and school closings.
"We're just trying to do the right thing."
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged the public to "grasp the gravity of the moment" and continue to diligently wear face-covering, avoid crowds and wash hands until newly developed therapeutic treatments and vaccines can become widely available in the months ahead.
"We just need you, the American people, to hold out a little longer," Adams told Fox News.
On the vaccine front, officials with the U.S. government's Operation Warp Speed program said they plan to release 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide in an initial distribution after the first was cleared for emergency by regulators, back in December could happen 10.
They said if all goes well, 40 million cans will be distributed by the end of the year.
A decision by the Food and Drug Administration on the emergency for Pfizer Inc.'s vaccine is expected on December 10th.
However, Fauci has warned that it was unrealistic to believe that things will return to normal Easter and Passover holidays next spring, since it will take so long for the majority of Americans to get vaccinated.
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