The Fall COVID Surge is Alive and Well
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CNN Reports: 'Hunker down': The fall Covid-19 surge is here
With students returning to school and the workforce returning to offices, the fall spread of COVID-19 has started. This new surge could overwhelm hospitals and kill thousands of Americans.
"We went down to the lowest point lately in early September, around 30,000-35,000 new cases a day. Now we're back up to (about) 50,000 new cases a day. And it's going to continue to rise," Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said Tuesday.
Across the U.S., more than 30 states have reported an increase in COVID cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned Americans that there could be steeper infection rates ahead.
For the whole country, test positivity averaged 5.1% over the past week as of Tuesday. But in at least 13 states, the figure was above 10%: in Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
Things could become much worse this winter. The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects more than 135,000 people in the U.S. could die within the next three months.
"Hospitals could again become overwhelmed," emergency medicine physician Dr. Leana Wen said. "And then we're not just talking about patients with coronavirus who might be in trouble. It's also about other patients who might be coming in for heart attacks and strokes and car accidents who may find a situation that's really untenable."
Americans need a plan. When will our country reign in this virus?
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