Nearly half of the United States reports an increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential rise in the coronavirus in the fall and winter.
As of Sunday, the number of new coronavirus cases increased by at least 10% or more from the previous week in 21 states, most of them in the West, according to an analysis of CNN data from Johns Hopkins University.
Cases are increasing in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Eighteen states had stood still. Only 11 – Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire – recorded more than 10% decreases in new cases from the previous week.
The United States could see an explosion of Covid-19 cases in the fall and winter as people exercise less caution and spend more time indoors, where there is a greater chance of transmission, according to Dr Chris Murray, director. of the University of Washington Institute. for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
Murray says the IHME model shows a “huge increase” that should take off in October “and accelerate in November and December.” The IHME model indicates that the country is currently seeing around 765 daily deaths from Covid-19, but that number could rise to 3,000 daily deaths by the end of December.
New York state on Saturday reported more than 1,000 new cases for the first time since the beginning of June, prompting Governor Andrew Cuomo to warn residents of growing complacency in the future.
“It is imperative that New Yorkers continue to practice the basic behaviors that guide our ability to fight Covid-19 as we approach the fall and flu season,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands makes a fundamental difference, as does the deliberate application of state guidance by local governments.”
Wisconsin reported 2,817 new cases on Saturday, the highest single-day case increase in the state. The previous record was set on September 18 with 2,533 cases, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. On Sunday, according to the department, 2,217 new cases were reported for a total of 115,862 cases across the state.
Last week, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order requiring face covering in an attempt to contain infections. In a press release, his office attributed the increase in cases primarily to infections between the ages of 18 and 24 and said the state is “facing a dangerous new phase” of the pandemic.
“We need your help to stop the spread of this virus, and we all need to do it together,” Evers said.
Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had previously warned that autumn and winter could be “one of the most difficult times we have experienced in American public health.” And with a daily average of 40,000 cases nationwide, the new season could be a challenge, said Dr Howard Bauchner, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci on Friday.
“You’ll have to do a lot of things indoors out of necessity of the temperature, and I’m afraid, that being the case, if we don’t follow the guidelines carefully … the masking, the distance, the crowds, we can see another increase,” he said.
The United States surpassed 7 million Covid-19 infections on Friday. More than 204,000 people died.
The mayor of Miami is worried that Florida ditches restrictions on restaurants and bars
As Florida restaurants and bars enjoyed their first full day of unrestricted Covid-19 activity on Saturday, the Mayor of Miami has warned that the governor’s decision to fully reopen those facilities and limit the capacity of local governments. enforcing their restrictions could have devastating consequences.
“I think it will have a huge impact,” Mayor Francis Suarez told CNN Saturday of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to allow restaurants, bars and other businesses to open at full capacity and suspend fines for all that. they did not follow Covid-19 restrictions, such as not wearing a mask in public. “You know, I don’t know how many people are really going to do it now.”
DeSantis signed an executive order on Friday night allowing restaurants and bars to immediately begin operating at 100% capacity. He cited the economic difficulties of not running businesses at full capacity, in order.
The opportunity to fully reopen was welcomed by some restaurant and bar owners who said their businesses suffered during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Being closed for six months was really hard for the employees, the customers, the family. It was really hard,” Mike Penrod, the owner of the Elbo Room bar in Fort Lauderdale, a CNN affiliate, told WSVN on Saturday.
The Gaffer’s Pub in Davie, Florida has also been closed for six months, owner Debbie Qualls told CNN affiliate WPLG. And while security remains a top priority, he said reopening will save his business.
“We had to pay the rent, the electricity, all the bills,” Qualls said. “If it were too long, we wouldn’t be here.”
Florida surpassed 700,000 coronavirus cases on Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and the virus has killed more than 14,000 people in the state.
The requirement to wear a mask in public and slowly reopen has helped keep the coronavirus case countdown in Miami, Suarez said. He is concerned that changes in the state are coming as flu season approaches, and schools are preparing for in-person learning which begins in mid-October.
“We’ll see in the next couple of weeks if (the governor) is right about his point of view. But if he’s wrong about his point of view … it will be very, very, very difficult for him and it will be a very difficult time, because it is in the middle of the flu season, ”Suarez said.
Normal could be a long way off, even with a vaccine
Fauci says Covid-19 vaccinations could “most likely” begin in November or December. Thirty-eight vaccines are in human trials worldwide, of which six are in the United States.
But it may take a while for the US to return to normal, Fauci said.
“When you have vaccinated enough people … so you can start thinking about maybe getting a little closer to normal, most likely, as I and others have said, it will probably be around the third quarter of 2021,” he told Bauchner. “Maybe even in the fourth quarter.”
Until then, Fauci and other leading experts have urged Americans to continue to follow safety guidelines and wear masks, keep away, avoid crowded places, and wash their hands. The measures could save your life.
Meanwhile, experts are working to combat skepticism about a possible vaccine and its approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. The rush for a vaccine and its importance has led to a greatly accelerated development process.
A recent poll found that a majority of Americans believe political pressure from the Trump administration could cause the FDA to speed up a vaccine’s approval before election day on November 3.
Those concerns were exacerbated this week when President Donald Trump said the White House could ignore the FDA if the agency released stricter standards for vaccine authorization. The FDA declined to comment on the president’s claim.
But Fauci tried to dispel concerns of political interference, which he called the “big elephant in the room”.
“If you look at the standard process of how these things work, I think you might feel comfortable that it’s really unlikely to happen,” he told Bauchner, adding that he trusts the scientists and the FDA commissioner.
“You have to reassure people who have concern and skepticism that these are FDA professionals who have been doing this their entire career,” he said. “They really know what they’re doing.”