For the first time since the coronavirus epidemic began, the United States reports more than 2,000 Covid-19 deaths per day on average per week, according to Johns Hopkins University, as infections permeate the country and a record of hospitalizations tax the country. health care system.
More than 2,600 people died from Covid on Friday after more than 2,800 deaths were reported on Thursday, a one-day record of the pandemic. Since the beginning of the month, more than 2,000 people have died from the virus every day.
The United States reported more than 227,800 cases of Covid-19 on Friday, a record high, as more people are hospitalized with the virus than at any other point in the pandemic.
The U.S. reports a record weekly average of 182,663 cases a day as states work to catch up on the normal reporting schedule after falling behind on Thanksgiving, according to a CNBC analysis compiled by Johns Hopkins.
However, hospitals in the country report a record number of 101,276 patients from Covid-19, a sign that the epidemic is getting worse, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, run by Atlantic journalists.
“The reality is going to be hard times in December, January and February. In fact, I think they will be the hardest in this nation’s public health history, largely because of the stress on our health.” director on Wednesday.
Joe Biden, the president-elect, said in a severe warning on Wednesday that 250,000 people are projected to die from Covid “because people don’t pay attention to him”. According to Johns Hopkins, more than 279,000 people have died in the United States since the outbreak began, and more than 14.3 million have been infected with the virus.
The wave of Covid patients is stressing hospital systems nationwide. States such as New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have erected on-site hospitals to prepare for the influx of sick patients.
Unlike the spring, when a rush of coronavirus patients from across the country encouraged healthcare workers to travel to hotspots like New York to help patients, hospital systems across the country are facing their own emergencies and have no place, experts say.
“If we talked about these two issues of capacity and staff, it’s really about staff having to take care of people,” Nancy Foster, vice president of quality and patient safety at the American Hospital Association, told CNBC earlier this week. “You can be creative without a bed, but nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists and other staff are critical. And you can’t just figure them out overnight.”
Healthcare workers are spreading as the number of patients increases and some of them become ill with Covid-19 themselves.
While the medical community has learned how to better treat Covid-19 patients, “the primary risk of coronavirus death in the hospital is that doctors and nurses are overwhelmed, overwhelmed, or have time to spend each patient watching very carefully. accompanies everything, ”Dr. Celine Gounder, a consultant at Biden Covid-19 and a specialist in infectious diseases at NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine, told MSNBC on Thursday.
Cases of Covid-19 are on the rise even before Thanksgiving, when more than 3 million people have traveled through the country’s airport, which has been the busiest travel weekend since the closure orders were reached in mid-March. The CDC is now advising people to avoid traveling and gathering during the winter holidays.
“I know how difficult this is, we all have strong empathy, knowing – and myself included – that we want to be with your family and want to have a big Christmas dinner with your family and friends.” Anthony Fauci told MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Thursday.
“That’s not what we need to do right now. We need to avoid travel and church settings to the best of our ability.”
The U.S. is likely to experience an “increase in surge” of “Covid-19” cases, with masses of shoppers and inattentive holiday parties threatening the already raging outburst, Fauci told Colorado governor Jared Polis earlier this week.
“If we look at the United States, we’re really in a public health crisis right now,” Fauci said. “Now that we’re in the middle or late fall, melting into the winter, we could see it because of a wide variety of circumstances, a wave that really surpassed the others.”