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Author Topic: Coronavirus: Is the pandemic getting worse in the US?  (Read 32 times)


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Coronavirus: Is the pandemic getting worse in the US?
« on: October 14, 2020, 06:14:43 AM »

The news in the US has been dominated by anti-racism protests in recent weeks, but coronavirus is now back in the headlines.

Several states have seen a record number of cases this week, leading to fears that the country is experiencing a second wave of infections.
But Vice-President Mike Pence said those fears were "overblown" and accused the media of using "grim predictions" to scare the American people.

So what is going on in the US?

The number of infections is going up
With about 2.5 million coronavirus cases, the US has the highest number of confirmed infections in the world - about a quarter of the global total.
The situation got really bad in late March but by May, cases were declining and most states had begun to ease restrictions put into place to halt the spread of the virus.
The number of new cases rarely fell below 20,000 though, because as some states were bringing their outbreaks under control, others were only just beginning to see flare-ups.

For this reason, the top US health official for infectious diseases, Anthony Fauci, sees the current situation as a continuation of the initial outbreaks.
"People keep talking about a second wave," he told a reporter recently. "We're still in a first wave."

Spikes in those new hotspots mean the number of daily cases slotxo has been higher twice this week than previous record back in late April, according to data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.But it's important to note that the number of tests being carried out now is about double what it was in April and May so it's likely the true scale of that outbreak wasn't fully captured.How our brains are processing the pandemic.

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