There have been over 1 million coronavirus-associated deaths worldwide since the disease was first reported in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In January, when the virus began to spread outside the country̵
Since then, the world has watched companies rush to develop a vaccine, and numerous countries have issued blockades in hopes of containing the spread of the virus and reducing the number of deaths, but epidemics in nursing homes and other care facilities have added thousands to the death toll. Advances in testing capabilities and contact tracing have allowed some return to normal, but not without officials warning of the risk and governors issuing a series of warrants for face coverage and social distancing.
However, as countries reopened borders and eased coronavirus-related restrictions on travel, meals and other social events, health officials have raised the alarm about possible spikes in cases and the danger of a second wave.
“With the arrival of autumn and winter, you really want the level of community spread to be as low as possible,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and face of the Coronavirus Task Force of the White House, he recently told ABC News. “There are certainly parts of the country that are doing well, but there are states that are starting to show an increase in cases and even an increase in hospitalizations in some states. And, I hope not, but we may start to see increases in deaths. “
CORONAVIRUS INFECTED YOUNG ADULTS MORE THAN OTHER AGE GROUPS DURING THE SUMMER, THE CDC REPORT SAYS
Fauci said now is the time to “double down” on public health enforcement in an effort to avoid another arrest in the United States.
In the UK, a number of regions have been forced back into a lockout period following a spike in positive COVID-19 test results, and WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said that should act as a “wake-up call” to others who may experience “quarantine fatigue”.
“Weekly cases have now surpassed those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March,” Kluge said, according to the New York Post. “While these numbers reflect more comprehensive testing, they also show alarming transmission rates across the region.”
MOST AMERICANS ARE LIKELY VULNERABLE TO CORONAVIRUS INFECTION, CDC DIRECTOR SAYS
Health officials had also hoped the antibody test would provide guidance on how to safely reopen, but a study based on data made available in 46 states in the United States found that less than 10 percent of Americans have COVID-19 antibodies. Last week, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a Senate committee that preliminary results from large-scale serological testing in the United States suggested that most Americans likely remain vulnerable to infections.
The health agency also released data showing that the death rate from COVID-19 remains extremely low for young people, but there is a recent increase in cases among this population and those individuals pose a risk for older age groups. vulnerable people who are more susceptible to the virus. Americans between the ages of 20 and 29 now account for more than 20% of all cases, with officials noting that age change, particularly in southern regions hit by epidemics in June, suggests that “young adults likely contributed to the community transmission of COVID-19. “
CRUISE LINES AWAIT CDC DECISION ON POSSIBLE EXTENSION OF THE “ NO SAIL ” ORDER
The United States, which has had over 7.1 million cases of COVID-19 and has made great strides in testing capabilities since the outbreak began, currently leads the world in coronavirus-related deaths with nearly 205,000 deaths, while Brazil follows with nearly 142,000 coronaviruses. associated deaths. The United States passed the tragic milestone of 200,000 last week as the government is preparing for mass distribution of a vaccine once a candidate is approved.
CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE