Newly confirmed cases of coronovirus in the US have climbed to an all-time high of more than 86,000 per day on average in a glimpse of the worsening crisis ahead for the winner of the presidential election.
Cases and hospitals and hospitals are setting records across the country as holidays and winters approach, reflecting the challenge that either President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden will face in the coming months. .
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, daily new confirmed coronavirus cases in the US have increased by 45% over the past two weeks, to a 7-day average of 86,352. Deaths are also increasing, with an average of 15 percent of 846 deaths every day.
The total US death rate is already over 232,000, and the total confirmed US cases have surpassed 9 million. They are the highest totals in the world, and new infections are increasing in almost every state.
Several states reported severe numbers on Wednesday that are fueling national trends. There were 9,048 new cases and 126 deaths in Texas and the number of coronovirus patients in Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma hospitals set records. About a third of the new cases in Texas occurred in hard-hit El Paso, where one of the top health officials said hospitals are at “a critical point”.
Public health experts fear potentially dire consequences, at least in the short term.
Trump’s current term does not end until Jan. 20. In 86 days, by then more than 100,000 Americans will have died of the virus if the nation does not transfer the curriculum, said Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Global Institute for Global Health, other public at Northwestern University’s Finburg School of Medicine Echo of estimates by health experts.
“We as a country are in a very serious place. Every metric we have is going in the wrong direction. This is a virus that will continue to move at an accelerated pace and is not going to stop on its own, ”Dr. Said Lena Wayne, a public health specialist at George Washington University.
President of the American Medical Association, Drs. Susan Bailey said there are things that Americans can now help change the trajectory.
“Despite the election results, everyone in America has to bow down,” Bailey said.
“A lot of us have relaxed the physical mess about the mess, not washing our hands as often as we used to, probably not wearing our masks in all honesty. We all need to feel that things are progressing and we need to be more careful than before.
Polls showed the public health crisis and the economy were top concerns for many Americans.
They are competing on issues that differ greatly in Trump and Biden’s views.
Trump has ignored the advice of his top health advisers, who in recent times have issued increasingly urgent warnings about the need for preventive measures, instead holding rallies where face covering was rare and falsely suggesting The epidemic was wandering.
In contrast, Biden is rarely seen in public without a mask and has made public health an important issue. If Trump is declared the winner uncertain whether his voice will have much impact.
“President Trump has already clarified what his strategy is for COVID-19, which is to pretend that there is not an infectious virus around us,” Wayne said. He said Trump is using treatment and vaccines, which will not be widely available to all Americans until at least mid-2021.
“There is a lot of grief that was going to happen before that could be stopped,” Wayne said.
Federal health officials have said that they believe a vaccine can get emergency use authorization before the end of the year. The first limited supply of doses will then be immediately distributed to the most vulnerable population, which is likely to include frontline health care workers. The dose will then gradually become more widely available.
The timeline hinges on having a vaccine that is shown to be safe and effective, which experts are not yet sure about. “Hops have to move at the speed of science,” Dr. Joshua Sharfstein is the vice dean for public health practice at Johns Hopkins University and the former head of the state health department at the state of Maryland.
On the treatment front, manufacturers of two experimental antibody drugs have asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency use for people with mild to moderate COVID-19, and Trump, who received one when he was ill last month Had said. He wanted them available immediately.
So far, the FDA has approved only one drug – antiviral remediesvir – for hospitalized patients. Dexamethasone or similar steroids are recommended for some critically ill patients under federal treatment guidelines.
The government continues to sponsor several studies to test other treatments alone and in combination with Remedisvir.
But the development of treatment could be affected if the Trump government’s top infectious disease physician, Drs. A confrontation with Trump has occurred if Anthony Fausi, or other top health officials, are good at threatening to fire.
Most Americans publicly consider wearing masks mandatory and preventing the virus from spreading is a higher priority than saving the economy, according to AP Votecast, a nationwide poll The University of Chicago handled more than 133,000 voters and non-voters for the Associated Press by the NORC.
While many European countries have imposed or proposed new lockdowns and other restrictions to control growing cases, Trump has opposed those methods and focused on rebuilding the economy.
Dr., an emergency physician from Houston. Cedric Dark said that in the absence of a national pandemic strategy, curbing the virus spreading in the US would depend on more Americans taking the necessary precautions and the upcoming holiday season would make it a challenge.
“It’s going to be Thanksgiving, winter break for college students, Christmas time, and Hanukkah,” but families may have to resist close-milling this year, he said. He said that spreading to the college campus meant that many students could bring the virus home and spread it to parents and grandparents.
Dark, who has not seen his parents in a year, has had to adjust to his own holiday plans. This year, Thanksgiving will take place in her parents’ garage, with doors upstairs, at least 6 feet of space and a space heater if needed.
“We can at least see each other from afar,” Dark said.
AP Medical Writer Merlin Marchionne and AP Reporter Candice Choi contributed.
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