On July 14, 2020, in Miami, Florida, USA, emergency medical technicians (EMT) arrived at North Shore Medical Center with a corrected patient to receive treatment for patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the center.
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Senior US health officials warned on Wednesday that the United States is at a “critical moment”
CNBC’s analysis of the data collected by Johns showed that the United States reported 73,240 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the average number of new cases in seven days to about 71,832, setting a new record, an increase of more than 20% compared to a week ago. Hopkins University.
According to data from the Covid Tracking Project, which tracks hospitalizations and other outbreak data, in the past three weeks, three states have reported that the current average number of people hospitalized in Covid-19 has increased by at least 5%. According to data from Johns Hopkins, in 45 states, cases have risen by at least that number.
The Assistant Secretary of Health, Brett Giroir, said on NBC’s “TODAY” program: “Just like the country did after Memorial Day, we are in Another critical moment in the pandemic response.” “Cases are rising in most states across the country. The number of hospitalizations is rising, and although we are still tens of thousands of hospitalizations below the level in July, the number is still rising. And we Begin to see an increase in the death toll.”
Giroir admitted that even if President Donald Trump attributed the surge to testing and continues to underestimate the epidemic, adding tests alone cannot explain the surge in cases.
Giroir continued to emphasize that “we can control the virus” by following public health measures, such as staying away from society, wearing masks, avoiding crowds and washing hands frequently.
The surge in cases and hospitalizations is beginning to overwhelm some hospitals in parts of the country. The Salt Lake Tribune reported last weekend that the Utah Hospital Association is asking the governor to allow its members to ration care. In Texas, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego issued a curfew on Sunday to protect “overwhelmed and exhausted” hospitals and workers.
Public health experts and epidemiologists have warned for several months that the virus may surge as the weather turns colder in autumn and winter. This is mainly because people are more likely to stay indoors in cold weather, and because some epidemiologists believe that the virus can be spread more easily through colder, drier air.
Dr. Bill Schaffner, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University, told CNBC this week that the epidemic may worsen this winter.
Girori said that the government is “taking this issue very seriously,” adding that if people do not follow public health guidelines, “this may force local or government officials in the states to take more severe measures because If we don’t, the number of cases will increase. No changes can be made.”
He said: “We have the tools to combat this threat.” “We can control it. This is a very important time.”
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on Sunday that the United States will not contain the pandemic.
Meadows told CNN: “We will not control this epidemic.” “We will control the fact that we have access to vaccines, therapies and other mitigation measures.”
Meadows said of the pressure on why the United States could not make efforts to control the pandemic: “Because it is like the flu, it is a contagious virus.”
Giroir emphasized on Wednesday that the United States has more tools to reduce the weight of the virus, such as additional tests that can detect cases earlier before people become seriously ill. Scientists have also discovered that many drugs can be used to treat Covid-19, including the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone.
The US Food and Drug Administration has not approved any vaccines, but Giroyle said that a vaccine will be given this year, which will help end the pandemic. However, public health experts say that the vaccine will not end suddenly, especially because people do not know how effective the vaccine is.
Schaffner, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt, said: “In the general population, if we get a vaccine and get vaccinated, it’s like putting on a body armor. “It’s not the case. “