Over the last week it has become clear that the United States has lost any perceived control over the COVID-19 pandemic. As the number of infections and hospitalizations continue to increase and even break records in states across the country, deaths are soon to follow. In their most recent report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that we are about to see a big increase in deaths nationwide, with 18 states and one territory expected to see their newly reported deaths increase over the next four weeks. Read on to see which states are breaking records (the wrong kind), and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
These States are Predicted to Have More COVID Deaths
According to the CDC, who uses data from 36 modeling groups for their weekly national ensemble forecast, estimates that there will be anywhere from 5,500 to 13,400 newly reported COVID-19 deaths in the next four weeks. This will bring the county’s total death toll to 260,000 to 282,000 by December 5.
Per to their statistics, the number of newly reported deaths per week will increase in the following states and territory:
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- And one territory: Puerto Rico
There are more cases of COVID than ever. On Thursday, the number of new daily cases surpassed 150,000 in a day for the first time—with more than 160,000 reported by health departments. To put this in perspective, just eight days prior the country topped 100,000 new cases for the first time. Records have been set six out of the last nine days. And, per The Covid Tracking Project the United States broke their hospitalization record for the third day in a row, reaching 67,096. Hospitalizations have doubled in the last five weeks. Additionally, more than 1,000 Americans have died per day in the last week.
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How to Survive the Pandemic
Health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert—worry that the cold weather compounded with the upcoming holidays will worsen things even more. “If we do the things that are simple public health measures, that soaring will level and start to come down,” Fauci told CBS This Morning on Friday. However, if Americans lower their guard and don’t stick to the fundamentals, “We’ll continue to soar,” he predicted. As for yourself, no matter where you live: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.