Within the first two weeks of 2021, 38,000 Americans have lost their lives to Covid-19. And nowthe CDC is forecasting another 92,000 deaths from the virus in the next three weeks.
The rate at which this deadly disease is spreading and killing people is faster than it’s ever been. According to Johns Hopkins University,our nation reported the highest number of Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday — 4,327.
In fact, over the last week, the US has reported a daily average of 3,300 deaths, which is about 220% more than mid-November. Moreover, the five highest numbers of both, new cases and deaths in a day, have been recorded in 2021.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, over 131,300 Americans are currently hospitalized. As of Wednesday,America has totaled over 23 million cases, and alarmingly enough, a million of these cases were reported within the previous four days.
Though these figures are harrowing, they are certainly not surprising to public health experts who had repeatedly warned Americans of the difficult winters ahead. And advised against traveling and get-togethers on major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
After many weeks of record-high hospitalizations and functioning on maximum capacity, many hospitals in the country have now reached their breaking point.
On Tuesday, Arizona reported more than 5,000 Covid-19 hospitalizations and later in the day, set another record with 1,180 patients in ICUs.
This surge in infections and hospitalizations is pushing hospitals to ration care and basically choose who gets to be treated and who doesn’t.
An emergency room physician at Santa Clara Valley regional medical Center, Dr Jeffrey Chien shares this horrifying reality.
“Folks are gasping for breath. Folks look like they’re drowning when they are in bed right in front of us. I’m begging everyone to help us out because we aren’t the frontline. We’re the last line.”
Then there are localities that have become Covid hotbeds. Every one in three residents in Los Angeles County has tested positive for the virus since the start of the pandemic. These outbreaks have increased exponentially across daycare centers, schools as well as other workplaces.
And now just a few days before the big Inauguration Day, Washington, DC, is reporting more cases than ever, with a new daily average of 320 new infections — a number that is about 38% higher than last week’s daily average.
Though Covid-19 vaccinations have now begun and are being made available to a wider population, more challenging times are yet to come.
Space Mask urges you to continue social distancing, wash your hands more frequently, and wear your face masks at all times with people outside your households. And encourage those around you to do the same.