Daily US Times: Ten states of the US reported their highest single-day tallies of new coronavirus infections Friday, and the country reported its highest one-day total since July. Experts say a dangerous fall surge of Covid-19 infections is well underway.
Epidemiologist Dr. Abdul El-Sayed said on Saturday: “This really is a harrowing time, and people have to be careful.”
El-Sayed, Detroit’s former health director, said: “When we saw this kind of transmission earlier in the pandemic, in March and April, the virus hadn’t seeded everywhere … This surge has the potential to be way worse than it was than either the spring or the summer.”
Johns Hopkins University data shows the US reported more than 69,100 new infections Friday — the most in a single day since about 71,300 were reported July 29.
On Friday, ten states reported their highest one-day case counts: New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to Johns Hopkins.
As for the whole country, cases are swinging up after a summer surge waned.
Daily US coronavirus case averages had dipped to around 34,300 by September 12. But the country is averaging more than 55,000 new Covid-19 cases daily over the past week — up more than 60% since mid-September’s dip.
Covid-19 hospitalizations also are climbing across the country. And Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said they’ll likely be followed by a rise in daily coronavirus deaths.
Dr Collins said on Friday that this is a good moment for people to stop and ask themselves, ‘What can I do to try to be sure that we limit the further infections that otherwise seem to be looming in front of us as cold weather is kicking in and people are indoors, and those curves are going upward, in the wrong direction?’