The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan has risen to 134,656 as of Saturday.
Saturday’s update brought 1,522 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest daily tally since April 7.
The weekly average of new daily COVID-19 cases reached 1,020, the highest since April 17.
Hospitalizations have steadily increased over the past three weeks, including a slight increase in intensive care.
Michigan isn’t alone in seeing the rise. Six states, including Ohio, have seen record increases in cases in a single day, leading to new fears that we may be at the start of a second wave.
A second wave of COVID-19 is already underway in Europe.
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Ranney said doctors across the country are starting to see more severe cases. The warning of a second wave comes a day after health officials reported the largest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly two months.
“We saw those spikes in numbers that were largely young people returning to college,” Ranney said. “But what we see now is that it is starting to spread within the community.”
The coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr Deborah Birx, agrees.
“The spread of the community is occurring now with small gatherings,” Birx said. “Day after day, families, families and friends”.
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An updated coronavirus projection model says the United States could see 395,000 deaths by February, a different number than the president predicts.
“He’s going to disappear,” President Donald Trump said Saturday. “It is disappearing and vaccines will help and therapies.”
“This is false. We don’t have a proven miracle cure, “Ranney said.” There are some treatments. Regeneron might be one of them, but we don’t have enough data yet. “
Both doctors agree that until there is enough data, the course of the virus will depend on us.
“The only thing we have right now is prevention,” Ranney said.
“The only thing that will prevent the next wave is us,” Birx said.
Birx added that people are starting to let their guard down with people they know regardless that they may be asymptomatic.
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