As the US surpassed 5 million coronovirus cases this weekend, the milestones met with great pomp, as plans were made to resume in some school districts and by the world’s largest motorcycle enthusiasts. Thousands of people descended on Sturgis in South Dakota.
As of Saturday, more than 160,000 deaths occurred in the country, according to NBC News data. No other nation has contacted the United States infection data, with Brazil reporting more than half the US number: 2,962,442.
Dr. of Johns Hopkins Medicine Gabe Kellen said a plateau or peak to new heights would not be marked if the nation faced the virus without wearing a mask and a united national strategy on social disturbances.
“There doesn’t appear to be enough willpower to deal with it in other parts of the country,” said Kellan, director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine. “We have politicized it tremendously. And a large number of people are in antitrust mode or are tired of the idea of staying stationary.”
On Saturday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized those who viewed the city’s coast with no social distinction. “Don’t make us step backwards,” she tweeted.
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered the Department of Water and Power to shut down utilities in party homes that repeatedly break rules after being badly shot at a large gathering in a woman’s mansion.
“These big parties are insecure and Angelino may have to die,” Garcetti said at a press conference on Wednesday.
In Thousand Oaks, California, a clergyman vowed to open his church to 1,500 congregations on Sunday, in violation of a court order to remain closed.
California has the highest number of cases in the nation — 553,851 — but the state with the most deaths is New York, with 33,583.
Florida had the second highest number of cases: 526,577.
President Donald Trump promised economic relief on Saturday when he signed executive orders to defer payroll taxes at the end of the year to those with incomes below $ 100,000 per year and federal to $ 400 through January 31 As well as providing increased unemployment benefits.
Kellan said it is possible that the epidemic may have been as slow as declining access, and there is evidence that older Americans are wearing masks and are more severely disturbed than socially younger people.
“There’s a small glimpse that some of the weakest are managing the threat,” he said.
He said that the rapid development of vaccines is a cause for optimism.
“It works psychologically,” Kellan said. “It certainly gives us hope that the corner we are going somewhere is a vaccine.”
At this rate, however, it would take about 40 days to reach another milestone in the US: 200,000 deaths.
“Before the year closes, we’re sure to see about 200,000,” Kellan said. “The worst is behind us? If it’s a little better than the worst, it’s still godly.”