As the epidemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continued, a patient arrived outside the Mymonides Medical Center on November 17, 2020 in Brooklyn, NY, USA.
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The United States reported more than 195,500 new cases of coronavirus on Friday. This is a record height surge within the week of Thanksgiving, and public health officials have warned that this outbreak could be exacerbated.
According to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the surge of nearly 200,000 on Friday averaged more than 167,600 new cases over the 7 days, an increase of about 20% over a week ago. Hopkins data show that in 43 states and the District of Columbia, the average of new cases over 7 days increased by at least 5% weekly.
The increase in the number of cases is causing a surge in hospitalizations and deaths. More than 82,100 people are currently hospitalized in Covid-19, more than at any time during the pandemic, according to data from a COVID tracking project run by an Atlantic journalist.
The Atlantic received data from the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this week, showing that about 20% of US hospitals faced or are expected to face a staff shortage last week.
More than 1,800 people died of Covid-19 on Friday in the United States, according to Hopkins data. The country has recorded more than 1,500 deaths daily since Tuesday, with no deaths since May. On Thursday, the United States recorded more than 2,000 deaths.
Earlier this week, Dr. Henry Walk, Covid-19 Incident Manager at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the agency was “alert” by “a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.” At an official press conference for the first time in months, he urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving rallies.
Public health experts and epidemiologists have warned that Thanksgiving could already exacerbate a serious national outbreak.Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the CDC appointed by President Barack Obama, said Friday. twitter “If we’re not paying more attention than we’re planning, this Thanksgiving will be the Super Bowl for the Superspreader event.”
Dr. Bill Schaffner, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University, said he was “extremely worried” about the holiday weekend. Even though he had plans to extend social distance during Thanksgiving meals, such a protocol was “complete by the end of the day, especially after drinking a few glasses of eggnog. It will be gone. “
“We’re grateful, but we also give the virus, I’m afraid,” he said in a telephone interview. “People bring these back to their homes. They will spread further within the family and to their neighbors and friends.”
Approximately 200,000 new cases are reported in the United States, with more than 1,500 deaths daily
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