A record number over the weekend pushed the United States to the brink of 10 million coronavirus infections. And the speed continues to increase rapidly.
As of Monday, 43 states have reported at least 10% more new Covid-19 infections compared to last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
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And the rate of new infections continues to be higher than rates tested.
The average daily incidence of new infections has increased 34% in the past week, but testing has increased only 7.41% in the past week, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project.
“We really need more testing,” said Dr Rochelle Walensky, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Cases are growing faster than testing rates are increasing.”
More than 9.9 million people have become infected with coronavirus in the US and more than 237,000 people have died.
While hospitalizations and deaths have steadily increased, there is good news on the vaccine front.
A vaccine can be 90% effective.
On Monday, drug maker Pfizer said initial data showed its Covid-19 vaccine was 90 percent more effective.
More than 43,000 volunteers received two doses of the vaccine or a placebo.
An interim analysis looked at the first 94 coronavirus infections in the group. Fewer than 10% of the infections in the participants were vaccinated. More than 90% of cases were in people who had been given a placebo.
Pfizer said it plans to obtain emergency use permits from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as soon as the volunteers are monitored for two months after a second dose of the vaccine, according to the request. requirements of the FDA.
That request can be made in the third week of November.
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So far, vaccines have had no safety problems, Pfizer chief executive Albert Bourla said.
“But we need to wait until the results are available,” Bourla told CNN’s Medical Director, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
It is not clear exactly when the vaccine would be widely available to most Americans. But then, “the vaccine will be made available free of charge to all US citizens,” Bourla said.
‘Fill the fire with gasoline’
While the United States waits for a vaccine, the coronavirus is raging at levels not seen in a pandemic.
The US has recorded an average of 108,737 new Covid-19 cases per day for the past week – a new record high, according to Johns Hopkins.
The highest number of infections ever reported in a day was on Saturday, with 128,412 new cases.
“In the last week, about 23 states in all regions of the country reported record (new) cases,” Walensky said.
“Mortality rates are high and in fact, they represent the number of cases two to three weeks ago. So that’s when we got the number between 60,000-70,000. So you can imagine. statues what will happen in the coming weeks. “
And 19 states reported record-high Covid-19 hospital admissions for the weekend, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Emergency specialist Dr Megan Ranney said the United States is “entering the worst phase of this pandemic”
“We’re going to see all these small epidemics across the country, mixed and mixed,” Ranney said.
“It would be terrible, like pouring gasoline into a fire,” she said.
‘We must … avoid further destruction’
Of the 43 states with more than 10% increase in new cases in the past week, 10 have seen more than 50% increase: Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state.
Seven states are relatively stable: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia.
No state reduced its incidence rate by more than 10% in the past week.
Utah is one of many states that are being disrupted with new mitigation efforts.
Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order on Sunday declaring a state of emergency and issuing a masking order for all of Utah.
He also only limits social gatherings with households until November 23.
“The hospital admissions and the ICU are nearing full capacity and healthcare providers will not be able to care for Utahns in the coming days if the increase continues,” the governor’s office said in An announcement.
“We must act now to protect our hospitals and medical staff and prevent further destruction of our families, communities and businesses.”