United States is recording an 8% rise in the number of new COVID-19 positive cases nationwide when compared with records from the previous week. This amounts to an average of 45, 000 per day. Following the ease on lockdown guidelines, the number now doubles what obtained in June.
A data from John Hopkins University shows that only reports from Hawaii and Alabama are showing a decrease in the number of new cases at this moment. In addition, the COVID Tracking Project show that the number of COVID hospitalizations now stands at 34,000.
Bearing in mind the predicted severity of the situation during the fall and winter season, these numbers are too high, experts warn. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. has been forecasted to possibly reach 233, 000 by the end of October, according to the U.S. CDC.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington further projected that the number of deaths could reach over 2,900 Americans each day from January.
Dr Anthony Fauci in a statement this week noted that he is troubled at the average-case count each week.
However, the situation could only become more disturbing as the weather becomes colder.
As the season progresses, indoor gatherings will be on the increase. And since holidays are also approaching, students will start returning home for family visits. These will possibly complicate the pandemic further since coronavirus spreads more behind closed doors and returning students may ignorantly bring the virus home.
To make matters worse, flu will be in season. Hence, complications are bound to double.
Health experts advise that taking strict measures like social distancing and wearing a mask as well as taking flu vaccines are the ways to save the situation.