Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Friday made a bleak assessment of a coronavirus outbreak in the US, showing that the actual number of new infections per day is more than 500,000 – more than four times the current record for Covid cases. -19 new to be diagnosed daily.
That record comes Thursday, when 121,888 new cases were reported, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The country had seen a peak of 100,000 cases per day for the first time a day earlier, part of a record-high daily trend of infections as the country’s epidemic continues to rise to a peak. three before the holiday.
“Remember 120,000 cases not 120,000. Best we can diagnose 1 out of 5 right now, maybe a little less, so this number is at least half a million cases per day. , maybe more than Gottlieb said on CNBC̵7;s “Shutdown Bell”.
According to Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration under President Donald Trump, the situation is also unlikely to improve without targeted interventions aimed at reducing transmission in states. most severely affected. “But we don’t do it right now,” he said. “We’re causing a lot of trouble in the future and I think this will explode in a few weeks.”
“You have to be really worried what January will be like, what December will look like right now with the way this is growing,” added Gottlieb.
The worrying indicators go beyond the number of cases, Gottlieb said. Hospitalization data is struggling, he said. According to an analysis of CNBC data from the Covid Watch Project, run by journalists at The Atlantic, the average number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 increased by at least 5 percent.
Many states report record hospital admissions in the Midwest and West of the US: Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In the United States, more than 53,000 people are currently hospitalized with Covid-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project. More than 10,000 people are in intensive care units, Gottlieb said. “That’s a lot, and it’s growing really fast.”
Covid-19 patient mortality has improved during the pandemic, as doctors and health workers are more experienced in treating the disease, Gottlieb noted. Additionally, he says more patients are being treated at home than in the early days of the outbreak in the spring.
The challenge facing the country right now is the number of people infected, he said. He added that it will eventually lead to more infections, leading to more hospitalizations, which would strain healthcare resources.
“The reality is, even if we reduce mortality and we better manage people in the hospital, and … we get rid of people easier, faster, we infect. for more people, so eventually Gottlieb said the healthcare system would get tense.He pointed to places where it happened, such as Green Bay, Wisconsin, where a field hospital was established last month.
Earlier in the pandemic, when a particular region like New York experienced a severe crisis in its healthcare system, it would be easier to provide additional resources from around the world, Gottlieb to speak. “But if you have a very wide spread across the country, which is where we are going, then the federal government will be unlikely to stop that much.”
According to Hopkins data, the US has more than 9.6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus infection. At least 235,761 people have died.