But according to data from Johns Hopkins University, by 2021, it took only 10 days to reach 2.2 million cases.
And the number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths continues to rise.
“We are in a very difficult situation,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.
“We know how to slow the spread of the virus. We need to enforce masks. We need people to stay at home and avoid any indoor gatherings.”
But officials say that many Americans do the opposite during the holidays, gathering with friends or extended families. Now, the consequences are becoming more and more obvious in crowded hospitals across the country.
Faster than 2020
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the first 1
At this rate, more people died of Covid-19 in January than in any other month of the pandemic. Last December, the death toll due to Covid-19 reached a record high of 77,431.
Johns Hopkins said that on Saturday, there were 3,655 new deaths and 269,623 new infections from Covid-19 in the United States.
Joe K. Gerald, an associate professor at the Zuckerman School of Public Health at the University of Arizona, said that in the hard-hit Arizona, the crisis will worsen.
Gerald wrote: “We should expect to set new records for cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the coming weeks. Policy actions are urgently needed to mitigate the worst possible consequences.”
Gerald said: “If it gains a foothold, it will accelerate, prolong and deepen the outbreak in Arizona.”
With the influx of more hospitals, the number of casualties may worsen.
According to data from the COVID Tracking Project, there were 129,229 Covid-19 patients in US hospitals on Sunday-the sixth highest number on record. This is the 40th consecutive day that the number of Covid-19 hospitalizations in the United States has remained above 100,000.
“Then these people are now travelling home by car, train and plane, now all over the country.”
CNN medical analyst and emergency doctor Dr. Leana Wen responded to this statement when he told Ana Cabrera of CNN on Sunday: “Individuals who do not use masks or do not have social distancing at the Capitol may not follow these guidelines when returning home. “
She said: “It is very likely that they are engaged in other dangerous behaviors in the local area, and it is possible to sow the coronavirus across the country.” “I hope that everyone who participates in these activities can go back to quarantine and be tested.”
“Our most dangerous moment”
In Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear stated that his state “has indeed increased a lot of cases where people gather during holidays and our positive rate”.
The governor said on Friday: “The surge we are now in is at least twice the rate of surges we have seen before. It is serious.” “This is our most dangerous moment.”
The number of hospitalizations in Texas is climbing, with a record number of Covid-19 patients reported for the seventh consecutive day on Saturday. According to data from the Texas Department of Health Services, there are at least 13,935 patients hospitalized in the state.
The Florida Department of Health said that there were 7,497 Covid-19 patients in hospitals in Florida on Sunday. About a month ago, on December 12, the AHCA in the United States reported 4,343 hospitalizations, 3,000 more than the number of patients hospitalized in the state.
California set two new records on Saturday, namely the largest number of reported deaths in a single day, at 695, and the largest number of Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit at 4,939. On Sunday, the state reported nearly 50,000 new cases, including 468 deaths.
Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health of Los Angeles County, said: “The speed at which we reached the grim milestones in COVID-19 deaths and cases reflects the huge spread within the county.
She said: “The best way to protect yourself, slow down the speed of transmission, and avoid overwhelming our hospital is to suspend participation in any activities that are not absolutely necessary.”
“It’s not time to go to the mall or a friend’s house to watch a basketball or football game.”
The Biden team announced plans to strengthen the promotion of vaccines
At the same time, CNN medical analyst and emergency physician Megan Ranney (Megan Ranney) said that the Covid-19 vaccine promotion in the United States “absolutely did not work as expected.”
She said: “The dose we allocate to the states is three times what we actually get.” “We have to do something different, and now we have to do something different.”
But this may also be risky, because Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines need to be administered two weeks apart to reach 95% efficiency, and vaccine production has not developed as quickly as many experts hope.
The plan is a breakthrough with the Trump administration’s strategy, which has postponed the dose of the vaccine to ensure a second dose is available.
Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of Biden’s Coronavirus Advisory Board, told CNN on Saturday that the new plan aims to “distribute the dose as soon as possible” and simplify distribution.
She said that officials do not advise patients to delay the second dose. People should still plan to receive a second dose of Pfizer vaccine 21 days after the first dose, and Moderna vaccine 28 days after the first dose.
Gund said: “As long as there is no manufacturing failure, we are confident that people will be able to provide the vaccine when they receive a second dose of the vaccine.”
Lanney said she believes the plan “makes sense” and said the United States needs to “reconsider how we take existing doses and put them in people’s arms.”
She said: “Time is absolutely crucial.” But she also emphasized that people need to comply with the two-dose protocol approved by the FDA.
When asked about the plan, Wen Jiabao said that she supports any efforts to speed up vaccination, “but we should also look at the bottleneck.”
She said: “At present, the problem is not only the supply, but actually the last mile from the distribution location to the people’s weapons.” “If we have more supplies, it will not actually solve the right problem.”
Wen also said that it will ensure that everyone who receives the first dose can get the second dose in time, because this is the way to conduct clinical trials.
She said that if there is not enough vaccine stock for people to receive a second dose of vaccine, “I think this will indeed increase vaccine hesitation and further weaken the public’s trust in these vaccines.”
CNN’s Miguel Marquez, Hollie Silverman, Christina Maxouris, Chuck Johnston, Kay Jones, Cheri Mossburg, Lauren Mascarenhas, Jason Hanna and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.