The United States exceeded 150,000 confirmed deaths on Covid-19, just six months after the first cases were diagnosed in China, and the outbreak was far from under control.
The American casualty rate is at a high level with the highest reserve in the world, according to a survey by Johns Hopkins University’s world coronaviruses, reaching 150,034 on Wednesday.
More than 4.3 million people have been infected with Covid-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. As the summer recedes, the outbreaks have spread across the American solar belt, a region from Florida to Southern California, and appear to be spreading more and more to the central states. Meanwhile, some early pandemic centers, such as New York, have brought the virus under significantly greater control.
The pandemic transcribed almost every aspect of daily life in the United States. Economic activity, weakened by public health restrictions and virus outbreaks, raised the unemployment rate to over 11% in June. The closure of restaurants, museums and cinemas opens as states try to reopen, identify outbreaks and restrict activities again.
Schools, once considered to reopen in the autumn, are struggling to ensure the safety of buildings for teachers and students. This week, the country’s second largest teachers’ union, allowed local strikes as an “extreme” bargaining chip when districts failed to implement coronavirus security measures.
Meanwhile, many of the most basic virus control measures continued to be a challenge due to the reluctant and anemic federal response led by the Trump administration.
Extensive outbreaks and weekly delays in test results weakened contact tracing. These underlying failures had side effects as the outbreaks reached nursing homes and continued to fill intensive care units with the most vulnerable, sick and resource-intensive patients.
As the spread of the coronavirus accelerated in March, and without federal leadership, state governors and hospitals began fighting for ventilators and personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, and coats, for first-line medical workers who lacked supplies in many places and who themselves began dying. of Covid-19.
Politics played a major role in resolving the pandemic. The president originally suppressed the virus and predicted it would disappear – then, despite the US becoming a global pandemic hotspot, he called on businesses and now schools to reopen before a steady decline in cases recommended by federal health care experts.
Some mitigation methods, such as the widespread use of face covers by the public, have been weakened by the president, who has supported their use.
The president’s controversial avoidance of camouflage and the promotion of questionable virus treatments also publicly opposed his own health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was the sixth president of the country’s top infectious disease specialist.
Trump pointed to the restrictions he had placed on travel to the United States from China and then parts of Europe as proof that his report had handled the outbreak well, despite the limited effect these measures had on the spread of the virus.
The increase in infections has led to the reopening of business in many countries, without accompanying mandates or official recommendations to wear masks and practice social distancing.
States like Florida have kept their economies open despite full hospitals, but there are indications that the strategy will not be enough to bring the economy back to record highs before pandemic days. Last week, for the first time in months, there was an increase in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits.
Public health experts are also concerned about the level of infection in states such as Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, while the rise in Florida along with Texas, Arizona and California in June and July affected many hospitals.
Coronavirus has had a tremendously disproportionate impact on black, Latin American, and Native Americans, exacerbated by racial differences in chronic health conditions, access to affordable and quality physicians and hospitals, and differences in income, housing, and occupational exposure.
Global pressure to develop the vaccine and the US are under promising trials, although public health officials expect any plan to distribute a potential vaccine fairly.
Meanwhile, top federal health officials such as Fauci and Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have warned that the outbreak in the United States is far from under control and has a “worrying” trajectory. and brought America “to its knees.”
All of this put pressure on Congress to approve another co-virus aid package, which includes school funding, unemployment benefits and a reduction in hunger. Now, however, there is still a gap between the parties, with Republicans proposing to reduce extended unemployment benefits to $ 200 a week. Meanwhile, with a gap in help, observers predict that a wave of evictions could occur.