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Coronavirus deaths exceed 500,000 worldwide, infections surge Ten million, chilling two things remind people that the deadliest epidemic in modern times is stronger than ever.
The infection’s milestone is the rejection of health experts and global leaders, including US President Donald Trump, who had hoped that the virus would subside with the summer heat during the early days of the pandemic. Instead, the infection is multiplying at an unprecedented rate.
The pathogen first appeared in Wuhan, China, in just four months, and reached 1 million infections. The spread of coronaviruses is steadily accelerating, and the schedule is now compressed to increase by one million cases per week.
“This is an amazing number,” Richard Riggs, chief medical officer of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, talked about these 10 million milestones. “It seems that it will last quite a long time.”
The latest milestone of the case can only be used as a relative marker, because considering the difficulty of tracking infection, the true number may be higher. The number of deaths is equally alarming, and some health officials predict that the deaths of one million people may still be far away.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said this month that the pandemic has entered “a new dangerous stage.” Nearly 190,000 new cases were reported.
Pandemic makes the world a long and difficult road
The global epicenter of coronaviruses is continuing to shift. First is China, then Europe. Nowadays, the health care systems in developing countries are relatively weak, such as Brazil and India. Since late March, the United States has the highest number of infections in the world and continues to increase the number of infections at a record daily rate. States such as Texas, Arizona and Florida became overwhelmed and forced Reverse the plan for an open economy.
According to data from the World Health Organization in the last 24 hours, the United States and Brazil together accounted for 49% of all new infections. Of the 189,077 new infections, the Americas accounted for 62%, followed by 13% in Southeast Asia and 8.8% in Europe.
Governments are increasingly accepting that it is impossible to resume life as quickly as before the pandemic, because the economy was hit by preventive measures, limiting people’s activities and curbing consumption. People are still trying to continue to be disturbed in life, but more blockades and social alienation measures may be imminent.
Carolyn Bucky, deputy director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Harvard University, said: “Relocking is a terrible choice, but we do need to maintain flexibility.” Chen School of Public Health. “The problem facing policymakers is how much they are willing to endure.”
Riggs said that although efforts to contain the virus have been successful in some areas, it is still unclear whether the information obtained in the past six months can significantly reduce complications and mortality. Recent breakthroughs, including treatment with Gilead Sciences Inc.’s remdesivir and cheap steroid dexamethasone, may make a difference.
He said: “I hope we learn more about how to take care of these people.”
One The recent outbreak in Beijing reminds people that even places that have shown success in controlling the virus cannot tame it indefinitely. Cases from Tokyo to Seoul and other parts of Victoria, Australia, have also seen a rebound. the best hope It lies in the development of vaccines. Although effective vaccines have been devised globally, it is unlikely to be ready this year.
In the early stages of the outbreak, officials in the northern hemisphere pointed out that the virus may disappear in the summer, and people are not outside, but nearby. Those hopes are shattered.
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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: “It seems that the weather will not have a major impact.” Said this month. He earlier Noticed Hot weather can slow down lung infections.
When autumn comes, the situation may worsen. The United States and other northern countries will need to The flu season will be complicated by the corona virus pandemic, adding more pressure to the already stretched health care system.
Ali Mokdad, a professor of health indicator science at the University of Washington in Seattle, said: “We have not seen the end of Covid-19, nor the full range of it.” He said: “This is in many ways. It will be as dangerous as the Spanish flu,” he refers to the 1918 pandemic, which estimated to have infected 500 million people.
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