The United States surpassed 150,000 recorded deaths from Covid-19 on Wednesday – a milestone that occurred when the country’s daily number of coronavirus deaths was highest since spring.
The first death in the United States was reported on February 29. The country achieved 50,000 deaths 54 days later on April 23 and exceeded 100,000 deaths 34 days later on May 27. It took 63 days to add another 50,000 to reach 150,000 points.
The charge for coronavirus deaths in the country was 150,676 on Wednesday night – more than a fifth of global deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
“I think the fact that we as a country have not been able to get around our weapons, that we have not prevented these deaths as a matter of priority, is much more insane. And so for me it’s frustration, sadness. And the determination to try to see how we can prevent another 150,000, “said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, for the CNN Blitzer wolf.
“I think we can do it, but we will really have to work on it,” he added.
Some states are witnessing the highest number of casualties. California on Wednesday reported 197 Covid-related deaths in a single day. This total far exceeded the previous highest value of 159, recorded only last week.
Florida has recorded a record 216 deaths.
On a nationwide scale, the seven-day moving average of daily deaths above 1,000 increased on Tuesday, for the first time since June 2.
And in 29 states, the average number of daily deaths in the previous week was at least 10% higher, according to Johns Hopkins.
Trends with disease in the United States are mixed: deaths are rising and hospitalizations are at or near peak levels, although new, daily reported infections are declining slightly.
However, health experts have warned that mortality rates are likely to increase, as they do now, as a delaying consequence of the large increase in cases a week earlier, especially in the south and west.
Infectious disease experts say the country is at a critical juncture as debates on how and whether to reopen schools to teach people continue to learn.
The number of cases has increased as businesses opened in late spring and distance rules were relaxed, and those who want normalcy now should now be more disciplined by wearing masks, restricting outdoor meals and social gatherings, and closing bars, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“It will not happen spontaneously,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Tuesday in a call with several governors about the pandemic.
The United States should reset, say Johns Hopkins experts
The United States must renew its response with policy action at the federal, state, and local levels to gain control of the pandemic. According to a report by Johns Hopkins University researchers for health security.
“Unlike many countries around the world, the United States is not currently on track to gain control of this epidemic,” the report said. “It’s time to reset.”
The report contains 10 recommendations, which include the mandates of universal masks, the leadership of the federation to improve testing, and in places where the transfer rate is deteriorating, orders remaining at home.
The report says federal, state and local leaders should ban the use of non-medical masks in public and restrict large gatherings.
States should halt high-risk activities and the environment in areas that are growing positive for testing, but should not be signs of a hospital crisis or rising mortality. The reports state that in areas where the situation is worse, residence orders should be renewed.
The report points out that improved testing is essential. The US response to the epidemic will be severely limited without a reliable and effective testing system.
One of the things the authors are proposing to combat this is that the federal government is working with states and commercial laboratories to identify and overcome obstacles to achieving rapid test results.
The report also makes recommendations on personal protective equipment, epidemiological data, funding research programs, monitoring contacts, identifying best practices to improve the response to public health and developing policies and procedures to protect the institutions in the group.
Fauci told MSNBC that he did not believe it was necessary to return to a complete shutdown.
“I think it would be very difficult for people to accept psychologically,” he said. He recommended that states and communities be able to “retreat a little” to “regain their position.” Then the next opening should be done with more care.
Group: Take these steps or see a sharp rise in deaths
A leading medical education association had a similar urgent warning, claiming that deaths in the United States could “rise to several hundred thousand.”
The Association of American Medical Schools issued this statement when it issued what it calls a roadmap for reducing the disease.
“Coordinated action is urgently needed to save lives, end the pandemic, rebuild the US economy and return to normal,” said Dr. David Skorton, President and CEO of AAMC.
The AAMC warned that “if a nation does not change its course – and soon – the number of deaths in the United States could be in the hundreds of thousands.”
It was not talked about when it was possible to reach this sum, nor to predict the number more accurately.
His plan needs to address the critical shortage of supplies, open schools safely, expand health insurance and develop a vaccine distribution protocol.
Urges the Trump administration to implement the Defense Manufacturing Act or to identify other means to address the critical shortage of Covid-19 test equipment and personal protective equipment; and set targets for inventory.
It is also proposed to increase the test capacity of the Covid-19 system to more than 2 million per day and to reduce the time required to achieve test results.
Other groups have issued plans to end the pandemic in the last few months as states use different approaches to try to mitigate the recurring virus.
The AAMC claims to represent all accredited medical schools in the United States and 17 in Canada, as well as 400 teaching hospitals.
The FDA could soon issue an emergency use permit for the vaccine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could issue an emergency use permit for a coronavirus vaccine within a few weeks, when the vaccine meets efficacy requirements, said the director of the FDA’s Center for Biological Substance Evaluation and Research, which approves the vaccines.
“We are ready to use the emergency use permit in a suitable environment,” said Dr. Peter Marks during an online event called the Summit on Disease Control and Prevention. An emergency permit would clarify the rapid-use coronavirus vaccine.
The Agency’s increased attention to attempts at coronavirus vaccination should speed up the process of granting an emergency use authorization for a vaccine that exceeds the efficacy limit in a clinical trial, Marks said.
Two manufacturers of two potential vaccines began advanced trials in the United States this week.
President Donald Trump said the United States had dramatically increased production of materials needed for a vaccine that could be approved “very, very soon.”
Marks was promising but realistic about vaccine development.
“There are aspiration schedules, and I think it’s really amazing that people have a desire to move as quickly as possible, but we all know that real life in general isn’t going as well as our desires,” Marks said.
Numbers on the drop after face mask requirements
Although some states continue to rise sharply and have seen coronavirus and hospitalization cases, the total number of new cases across the country on Tuesday reached 61,660, slightly below this point last week.
Kentucky, a state that is among at least 41 requiring masks, reported 532 new cases on Tuesday and a positivity rate of 5.08%, which fell for the first time in four days, Andy Beshear said.
“Again, too soon to draw conclusions, but I hope I said I hope we’re starting to see it, because it’s the right time when the demand for facial coverage is starting to deepen and help,” Beshear added. .
In Florida, where daily new cases are declining, government officials reported a record in daily deaths on the second straight day. State Wednesday reported 216 deaths, beating the previous highs of 186 a day earlier.
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