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At this rate, coronavirus it is killing at least one American every minute of the day.
At least 1707 new deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s the highest daily death toll since May 14.

And it’s only going to get worse, said Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

At least 1707 new deaths from COVID-19 were reported in the US on Tuesday, the highest number of daily deaths in six months. (AFP via Getty Images)

“The horrible death count that we saw yesterday (Tuesday) in the United States reflects the number of people who were infected three weeks ago, two or three weeks ago, because that is the delay,” said Dr. Reiner.

“On average, two to three weeks ago, we were seeing 70,000 to 80,000 (new) cases per day.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), there were about 155,000 (new) cases. So if you are alarmed by the 1700 deaths … two to three weeks from now, we will see 3000 deaths per day.”

And although some hospitals are running out of health personnel, the US It once again set a new record for hospitalized COVID-19 patients: 76,830 on Tuesday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Virtually all states are going in the wrong direction

As of yesterday, 47 states had at least 10 percent more new cases daily than this time last week, according to Johns Hopkins data.

Two states are relatively stable compared to last week, North Dakota and Iowa, but that’s not saying much, as both states have recently had abysmal rates of new cases. hospitalizations and deaths.

Only Hawaii has seen a decrease of at least 10 percent in new cases.

This increase in infections nationwide is not just due to more testing.

At this rate, the coronavirus is killing at least one American every minute of the day. (Getty)

While new cases were up 29 percent over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins, testing nationwide only increased about 11 percent, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said that at his state’s current rate, “1,000 Arkansans could die from COVID-19 between now and christmas. “

Texas officials have deployed two mobile reefer trucks in Amarillo to handle the surge in deaths.

In Illinois, “ICU and non-ICU hospital occupancy by COVID-19 patients could be as much as five times our previous spring records,” Governor JB Pritzker said.

“We will continue to see an increase in both hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in the coming weeks due to infections that have already occurred.

“But we can change our long-term outcome. We can potentially save thousands of lives in the coming months if we make changes now to stop this.”

A stay-at-home warning began this week in Chicago, where city officials also urged residents not to have guests in their homes, cancel traditional Thanksgiving celebrations and avoid travel.

Similar measures have been announced across the United States in recent days.

People walk through a closed business district in Brooklyn in New York City. (Getty)

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a statewide curfew beginning Thursday that will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

In Maryland, the governor issued an emergency order beginning Friday requiring bars and restaurants to close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for takeout and delivery services.

“We are in a war right now,” Governor Larry Hogan said.

“And the virus is winning. Now, more than ever, I beg the people of our state to stay together, a little longer.”

College students were told to stay home after the break

As cases in the US rise, schools and universities are also navigating what their next steps should look like, especially after a holiday season that experts fear will further fuel the rampant. spread of the virus.

In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh said the holidays are “especially high risk for college students who don’t live at home.”

“Typically, many students travel to their hometown for Thanksgiving and then return to campus for the rest of the semester,” Walsh said.

“We’ve asked college students not to do that this year. If you go home for Thanksgiving, you shouldn’t be going back to Boston this semester. You should do the rest of your learning … remotely.”

Medical workers screen a patient for the new coronavirus, COVID-19, at a testing center in San Francisco, California. (AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont also issued guidance for out-of-state college students planning to return home to Connecticut for the holidays.

He said returning students should self-quarantine for 14 days before or after returning home, get tested for COVID-19 before leaving school and after they get home, not attend parties and not self-quarantine. with any elderly or at risk family member.

Vaccines are still months away for most people

While there is good news on the vaccine front, most Americans probably won’t be able to get vaccinated until the middle of next year.

BioNTech said it plans to apply for an emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday.

Pfizer Headquarters
Pfizer World Headquarters in New York. (AP)
Another vaccine, from Moderna, is 94.5 percent effective against the coronavirus, according to the first data published this week. The company says it is vaccine it had no serious side effects.

But health experts say Americans must step up safety measures, as there will be many more illnesses and deaths before a vaccine is available to most people.

“They are going to look very carefully to make sure everything is in order safely and effectively, then they will judge whether both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can qualify for an emergency use authorization,” Dr. Collins said.

The two companies could receive US in early or mid-December, he said.

“If these two vaccines get approval, authorization for emergency use, there will be about 40 million doses ready to be delivered in December,” he said.

People will need two doses of either vaccine. “So there are 20 million people that can be immunized and we will have to make sure that it is used for the people most at risk.”

Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine
Pfizer and BioNTech say their final analysis shows that the coronavirus vaccine is 95 percent effective with no safety concerns. (CNN)

More doses will be available each month after that and there are other candidate vaccines that may also get approved.

“The hope is that by April we will really start to see a lot of people get vaccinated,” Dr. Collins said.

“And certainly by the summer we would hope to have most of America really immune to this and we could start thinking about getting back to normal life.”

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