According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the country is closing in on a total of 8 million cases of COVID-19. The number of new infections in the US was around 60,000 on Wednesday, not seen in a day after summer.
Hotspots are spread across the Midwest, fighting to occupy small, rural hospitals.
“It’s not a joke when we say we swim in COVID,” Dr. Said Scott Samlan, an emergency room physician from Hammond, Indiana, a state that hit a record number of cases on Thursday.
“What do you have in the last five, six months that have left you to be better prepared for this situation?” CBS News asked.
“It’s scary,” Samlan replied. “I think the scary part for a lot of us is that we don’t know how someone is going to handle COVID.”
On Thursday, at least eight states recorded their highest number of daily cases since the onset of the epidemic. The numbers continue to increase in New Jersey, where positivity rates put the state on its quarantine list, and Florida’s one-day death doubled overnight.
One factor that can help is a person’s blood type. Two studies this week suggest that people with type O blood may be less vulnerable to COVID-19, but not some coronovirus treatments. A new study by the World Health Organization found that treatments like Remedisvir and hydroxychloroquine did not improve COVID-19 survival.
Anne Yurek of Lancaster, Wisconsin, said people do not take the virus seriously. “My uncle, my brother, my sister and then my father died,” Yurek said. “I couldn’t even go to my father’s funeral. We don’t have to say goodbye.”
The White House on Wednesday stressed against the idea that herd immunity – allowing the virus to spread uncontrollably while protecting the most vulnerable – could be the country’s path from the epidemic. Fauci called the idea “total nonsense”.