More than 4 million pandemics were reported in November (about 30%) and more than 100,000 cases were registered daily for the past 26 consecutive days, JHU said.
Despite officials and health experts staying home, the trip was still lively during Thanksgiving week. As the weather gets colder and more people gather inside, experts have warned that the number of cases, which are already rising, could get even worse in the coming weeks.
“If there’s something, we’re reporting an accident around the corner,” said Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and visiting professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. “We will soon exceed well over 2,000, perhaps 3,000 and 4,000 deaths every day here in the United States.”
Los Angeles County under the “affected” spike
In Los Angeles County alone, at least 1,951 people were hospitalized on Saturday as health officials watched the coronavirus rates rise.
“The county last saw such high numbers in our hospitals in August,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Director of Public Health, said Saturday.
The county “saw a slight increase in deaths earlier this week,” Ferrer said, but that increase remains a concern and highlights the importance of fulfilling a stay-at-home order.
“Even if you don’t feel bad, gathering with people outside the household is a simple risk for everyone,” Ferrer says. “No control or fine is a substitute for individual adherence, people staying home, not gathering, proper face covering, and distance,” Ferrer stressed.
“I understand everyone’s frustration. We are heading towards the holiday season and most of all we want to spend time with our friends and family,” he said.
And the number of cases is increasing for health workers – especially for nurses in the area, Ferrer said.
When there is a surge and more community mediation, health workers are “in double danger,” Ferrer said. “They are more at risk in the community and have more patients in their workplaces, so they treat a lot more people.”
As the county has been approx. It can fill 75% of the hospital beds, with residents who ignoring the precautions of the holiday weekends “leading to a surge of surge,” Ferrer said.
Strategy on how to get vaccinated for the public
While the best protection against the spread of the virus continues to follow preventive measures, researchers and officials are working to get vaccinated from the public.
Meanwhile, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday where members will vote on which group of people should first receive the Covid-19 vaccine once it has been approved.
“Significant progress has been made in improving and advancing vaccine availability,” Rick Bright, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory board, said Friday.
The committee is usually set up after a vaccination has been authorized to make recommendations.
Board member Dr. Celine Gounder told CNN that vaccinations could begin before 2021, which is in line with predictions from other health experts.
“People who do things we really can’t do without,” are the first to vaccinate themselves, ”Gounder said.
“Doctors, nurses who care for patients in hospital, including those with coronavirus, should be very important among those who get vaccinated for the first time,” Gounder told CNN Boris Sanchez on Saturday. “Beyond that, there are other front-line workers, basic workers, be it people who deal with food and meat processing, who are at the grocery store checkout.”
People at higher risk for serious coronavirus disease should also be considered for early vaccination, he said.
And while most adults will have access to the vaccines next year, children will have to wait much longer, says Dr. Esther Choo, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Oregon School of Health and Technology.
“It’s kind of a phase three thing, probably because the kids mostly did well in this epidemic,” Choo told CNN’s Amara Walker show on Saturday. “They’re on the list, but we’re going to focus on older people and people with multiple comorbidities first.”
CNN’s Christina Maxouris, Melissa Alonso, Alta Spells, Chuck Johnston, Amanda Watts and Leanna Faulk contributed to the report.