The rise of autumn has brought steady records of cases, hospitalizations and daily deaths. And experts are encouraging measures to mitigate the spread as they warn that numbers could continue to rise in the coming weeks.
“We’re going to see these case numbers really start to explode,” former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Friday in an interview on CNBC.
The virus could be addressed, he said, by targeting mitigating areas by state, but currently the US is not doing that. And the lack of interference could cause future trouble, spelling for December and January, he said.
“It’s not just the cases, but the hospitalizations. It̵7;s really worth seeing, 53,000 people hospitalized, 10,500 people in the ICU. That’s a lot and it’s growing very fast.”
Sixteen states reported a record high number of Covid-19 hospitalizations on Friday, according to the Covid Tracking Project and 22 states reported at least a record high day in coronavirus hospitalizations in November, until now. According to JHU data, since the outbreak of the pandemic, more than 9.8 million people have been infected and 237,113 have died from the virus.
Fauci: stick with science, not politics
Pandemic will soon become the top concern of President-elect Joe Biden. He plans to announce a 12-man coronavirus anti-virus task force on Monday, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.
Biden’s task force will be headed by three co-chairs, including former surgeon, Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University.
During a virtual event with the American Medical Association on Saturday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, advised doctors in leadership roles to stay engaged with science, evidence. and data when making recommendations for coronavirus.
“Be completely non-political. Don’t get involved in any political aspect. And just focus on your work as a scientist and a doctor,” said Fauci. “You do that, I’ll be fine.”
Medical experts have been working to fight skepticism about the coronavirus vaccine and the following recommendations when at times contradictory political leaders.
‘Age, experience, and better drugs’ impact mortality
Although the death toll has increased, the rate of deaths appears to have decreased, and Fauci says it is due to “better age, experience, and medicine.”
As with all new diseases, health experts have learned more about the virus as it continues to evolve, including when to put people in a ventilator or not, Fauci said on Saturday.
“We’re just getting better at treating people,” he said. “You (know) what’s working. You know what’s not working, including just the basic, non-medicated approaches.”
The use of treatments that could help people, such as dexamethasone and remdesivir, have also evolved further, he said.
Also impacting the mortality rate is that college students return to school and become more infected, he said. People who are infected now versus rejuvenate “are almost a decade difference from now younger.”
“Eventually they will infect people in the community, but they are the cause of the infection,” said Fauci.
‘Unexpectedly good’ persistent covid symptoms
As researchers learned more about the virus, they found that the effects could be long-lasting, Fauci said.
Some patients have reported persistent symptoms even after they tested negative for coronavirus infection.
Fauci said during the event with the American Medical Association: “We are fully aware that there is a syndrome after Covid-19 – sometimes referred to as Long Covid, Chronic Covid, Long,” Fauci said in Lawsuit with the American Medical Association.
“We’re seeing the percentage change and anywhere 25 to 35 percent or more have persistent symptoms – far beyond what you’d expect when posting any viral syndrome,” he said. like flu and other syndromes, ”he said.
Symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sleep disturbances and what is known as “brain fog”.
“So there’s no doubt it’s going on, it can exist anywhere from weeks to months,” he said, adding that it could be longer, but That is not known because the virus was discovered less than a year ago.
CNN’s Alta Spells, Naomi Thomas, Christina Maxouris and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.