The U.S. continues to face daily rising Covid-19 fatalities, with the virus caseloads now soaring higher than ever. Over 8.7 million cases and more than 226,000 deaths have been reported nationwide.
According to a USA Today analysis of Johns Hopkins University data,the U.S. reports a new Covid-19 case every 1.26 seconds. In the last couple of weeks, 44 states have been reporting increasing case numbers. The only states that are an exception to this nationwide virus-rise trend are Washington, Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, Delaware, and West Virginia.
The U.S. is now reporting an average of 69,000 new Covid-19 cases every day, which is higher than the worst peak in July.
And since hospitals are already under tremendous pressure while functioning at full capacity, hospitalizations of new cases are lagging behind. This, in turn, means that a person has to end up getting ill enough before they can be hospitalized, so the case numbers are likely to climb further up.
The most challenging aspect of this new surge is that new cases and hospitalizations are going up everywhere. In previous waves, numbers would be going up in one part of the country and lowering in others. But this time, the whole country is experiencing the surge at once. And sadly enough, Wisconsin, Wyoming, North Carolina, Dakota, and Montana, have already reported a crossing record number of deaths in a week.
Medical authorities are being forced to temporarily set up facilities to accommodate more patients or prepare to have these patients transported to other states. El Paso, Texas, for example, has already begun airlifting patients to closeby hospitals while converting the civic center into a Covid-19 treatment facility to add 100 more beds.
Public health officials had long been expecting and warning that case numbers could suddenly spike up with the coming of winters, with social distance being compromised and virus spreading wider and faster. But the new data shows that the worst-case scenarios expected during peak cold were already here in October.
In the midst of all this, health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to urge people to keep on wearing masks. Masks are one of the most potent, effective, and “low-tech” tools available to us to combat the spread.
In a recent interview with CNN, Fauci blamed the overall lack of adherence to mask-wearing for the current situation saying,
“We're not uniformly doing that (wearing masks), and that's one of the reasons we're seeing these surges.”
He then went on to suggest that perhaps U.S. should mandate mask-wearing if people are still not wearing them. In fact, Fauci along with his colleagues, stressed the importance of masks in a Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), asserting that,
“Return to normalcy will require the widespread acceptance and adoption of mask-wearing.”