“It’s the way we protect our neighbors and our communities. We need to avoid crowds. We have to socialize. You can’t go to a mass gathering now. We need to reduce our viral footprint,” Dr. Jonathan Rayner, professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN on Saturday.
October was unprecedented Of the many recorded metrics associated with the epidemic.
The number of Covid-19 patients in the United States in hospital on Saturday, the last day of October, was 47,374 – 65.6% higher than it was on September 20, when it was low after the summer increase.
Renner said there is no indication that the number of daily cases will decrease anytime soon.
“We will not reach a climax until we change our behaviors. Our behaviors that mainly need to change are our lack of anonymity across the country,” he said.
Experts say a spike in deaths could happen
Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington (IHME), told a CNN reporter Friday that hospitals may be overcrowded as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.
In El Paso, Texas, as hospitals struggle to keep up with the number of Covid-19 patients, officials are preparing to add a third mobile mortuary unit in anticipation of a spike in the death rate.
“If that doesn’t put us in perspective, I don’t know what will,” County Judge Ricardo Samanigo wrote on Facebook.
Murray said the number of hospitalizations is the best measure of how a nation is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
“They are a major indicator before the deaths,” he said.
Murray and colleagues at IHME are responsible for an influential coronavirus model, which recently predicted 399,000 coronavirus deaths in the US by February 1.
“The increase in fall and winter is expected to lead to the daily death toll almost three times higher than now by mid-January,” IHME said in its latest forecast.
The window narrows to control cases
Dr. Lena Winn, a former health commissioner in Baltimore, said Saturday that the United States has a narrow time window before more drastic measures such as a mandatory lockdown.
“We are seeing the spread of Covid-19 hotspots across the country, and we now have an opportunity to implement targeted measures such as wearing blanket masks, such as making sure that high-risk businesses such as bars are closed in certain areas, such as issuing instructions,” she told CNN, “We should avoid social gatherings of the family.” And friends. “
“But if we don’t do these things now, we will overwhelm our health systems, and then the shutdown may be necessary.”
With 3,792 new cases of coronavirus reported on Saturday, Michigan state set a record for the highest daily count since the start of the pandemic, according to Bob Wheaton, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
To help combat the spread in the state, the Michigan Department of Health recently issued new rules for restaurants, which will take effect Monday. The order states that all restaurants must “keep accurate records of the names and phone numbers of customers purchasing food for consumption in the building, and the date and time of entry.”
New York requires most travelers to have negative tests
As cases spike across the country, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that most travelers should now take Covid-19 tests before and after arriving in the state.
The governor said during a call to the media that the new policy replaces a previous advisory list of states with a rise in the number of cases from which travelers were required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in New York.
Cuomo said most travelers to New York state will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test three days before setting off on their trip to the state. Once in New York, travelers will be required to quarantine for three days before further testing. If the second test is negative, the traveler will not be required to quarantine.
Amanda Watts, Evan Simko Permarsky, Laura Lee, Susanna Cullinan, Ray Sanchez, Lauren Mascarenhas, and Johnny Hallam contributed to this report.