“It’s a pervasive community,” says Jaline Gerardin, an epidemiologist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. In part, the larger numbers are the result of an increased ability to experiment, she said. But the main problem is allowing the virus to spread at a fairly high rate during the summer, especially in young people who gather in bars and restaurants against expert advice.
“I think it’s over for their age group,” she said. “It has spread from there, and what we see now is it of all ages. . . . It̵7;s just everywhere ”.
According to epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, the total current case count is a residue of late March, when, according to epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, the first overtime could reach more than 283,000 per day.
Mokdad, director of population health strategy at the Institute of Health Metrology and Assessment at the University of Washington, said there was no way to know at the time, because the US testing regime was too inadequate.
Given those restrictions, the United States did not record 120,000th infections in general until March 28, more than two months after the first case was identified in Snohomish County, Wash, records show. On Friday, the country registered more cases in just one day.
So far, the virus has killed almost 236,000 people in the United States and infects more than 9.7 million people, according to data analyzed by The Washington Post.
Friday’s alarming amounts may seem odd soon. Without a coordinated national strategy to stop the virus, Mokdad’s institute predicts more than 305,000 cases per day by December 31 and more than 686,000 cases per day if all the restrictions are relaxed. Wearing universal masks and other steps could reduce that number to 172,000, the models said.
With current rates of infection, there is only a short time left to stop the overwhelming national hospital system, Mokdad said.
That would require national authorization for the mask, or some way to force states to adopt mandatory masking and a coordinated plan to move staff and patients from qualified hospitals. energy to other incapable hospitals, if needed, he said.
The public and businesses will need time to prepare if tighter measures or even home orders are in place, he said. Stronger restrictions may be needed to protect lives, the health system and employment, he said.
“We are entering a dark age, and we must be extremely careful not to overwhelm our hospitals,” Mokdad said. “It’s time for reunification. It’s time to face our common enemy ”.
For a glimpse of what might lie ahead, the United States simply has to look to Europe and Asia, where authorities have begun to impose much tougher restrictions. China has banned entry of non-Chinese citizens from 10 countries on three continents as infections increase worldwide. Greece became the latest country to ban people from leaving their homes for all but some essential duties.
In London, more than 100 people were arrested Thursday night during a protest against Britain’s month-long lockdown, effective earlier in the day. London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the majority of arrests were due to violations of new door lock rules, including a 10 p.m. curfew and a crowd gathering ban.
The UK city of Liverpool, one of the hardest hit in the country, has begun examining its residents, including those with no symptoms. The pilot effort is part of the UK government’s vision to test people in the country weekly, a plan known as Operation Moonshot.
The goal, government ministers, is to allow the blanket test to return to a more normal state, whereby people can go to work or elsewhere without worrying about spreading the virus. Liverpool residents can go to a new testing center that can give results within 20 minutes.
In Austria, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober warned that “the second wave is stronger, more serious, more dynamic and much stronger”. The country could run out of beds in intensive care units within a few weeks, he said.
In Denmark, where a coronavirus mutation started spreading from weasels to humans, authorities ordered the closure of most businesses in seven affected communities on Thursday and asking residents not to impersonate. outside the city limits, according to Danish newspaper Politiken. All 15 million weasels in the country will be killed by the country’s army and police.
The British government on Friday re-placed a quarantine request on any visitor from Denmark, citing an outbreak of coronavirus on that country’s mink farms.
Since June, more than 200 mink-related coronavirus infections have been discovered, Reuters reported. The mutation that caused the country’s decision to kill weasels has so far been found only in 12 people. That mutation is particularly relevant because infected people show a weaker ability to produce antibodies, which could potentially reduce the vaccine’s potential, the scientists argue.
The World Health Organization said on Friday that it is in contact with the Danish authorities and is still analyzing the situation.
Antonia Noori Farzan contributed to this report.