A patient arrives outside Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of coronovirus disease (COVID-19) continues until November 17, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
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The United States on Friday reported more than 195,500 new cases of coronovirus, a record high spike a week before Thanksgiving, which public health officials are warning could further exacerbate the outbreak.
According to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Friday’s jump of nearly 200,000 cases raises the average of new cases of more than 167,600 by about 20% compared to a week earlier. Seven-day averages of new cases show at least 5% of the week in 43 states and the District of Columbia, data from Hopkins.
The increase in cases is causing an increase in hospitals and deaths. According to data from the COVID Tracking Project run by journalists across the Atlantic, currently more than 82,100 people nationwide are hospitalized with Condid-19 at any point before the epidemic.
The Atlantic received data from the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this week that revealed about 20% of US hospitals faced or staff shortages in the past week.
According to Hopkins data, more than 1,800 people died of Kovid-19 in the US on Friday. The nation recorded more than 1,500 deaths per day since Tuesday, the number of deaths not seen since May. The US recorded more than 2,000 deaths on Thursday.
Earlier this week, the event manager of Kovid-19 of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. The agency is “concerned” with the “rapid rise in cases and hospitals and deaths”, Henry Walke said. At the agency’s first official press briefing in months, he urged Americans not to travel to Thanksgiving meetings.
Public health experts and epidemiologists are sounding the alarm that Thanksgiving could worsen an already severe nationwide outbreak. The former CDC director appointed by President Barack Obama on Friday, Dr. Tom Freeden said Twitter If we’re not more wary of “we’re planning to be, this will be the Super Bowl of Thanksgiving superseding events.”
An epidemiologist from Vanderbilt University, Drs. Bill Scheffner said he is “very concerned” about the holiday weekend. He said that even though people plan to practice social disturbances during the Thanksgiving meal, such protocols “will be reduced by the end of the day, especially after a glass or three eggplants.”
“We are giving thanks, but we are also giving viruses, I’m afraid,” he said in a phone interview. “People will take these back to their homes. They will spread within the family and among neighbors and friends.”