The alarming trends precede a season that is likely to be particularly challenging. Students across the country have returned to class and college students – some of whom live on campus where Covid-19 outbreaks have been reported – will soon be returning to visit their families and could unwittingly bring the virus with them . And Covid-19 will also compete against the flu season and could do what doctors call “twin demic”.
What happens next is unclear. But this is how we got here:
The cases have been clustered primarily in New York, with other, smaller outbreaks in places like Washington state, Louisiana, and Illinois. At the time, New York State had more infections than any other country in the world, with more than 160,000 cases. As of October 16, the state had reported more than 481,000 infections.
Until June 9th The US had flattened the curve, averaging about 20,340 new cases per day, Johns Hopkins data showed. The states reopened after weeks of lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus.
As the measures eased, more Americans ventured outside, taking pictures and videos of parties and other gatherings with no social distance and few masks in sight.
Until July 22ndthe nation reached its highest peak of the pandemic to date, averaging more than 67,000 cases per day. The US saw tremendous peaks in cases in the west and south.
The case variability began weeks after the July 4th holiday celebration. Across the country, local officials warned that more young people are doing positive tests and are helping to fuel the increase in infections.
Arizona, Florida, California, Texas, and Georgia added thousands of cases every day. Experts called Florida the epicenter of the pandemic, and by the end of the month more than four dozen hospitals across the state had reported full intensive care units.
Until September 12th The summer peak had dropped to just over 34,300 New cases every day, according to Johns Hopkins. That baseline was higher than it was in the spring, and experts warned Americans to work to bring it down while the nation was in the colder fall and winter months.
Now the hotspots in the rural Midwest were picking up as children returned to school in many U.S. communities, the sport resumed, and political rallies sped up. Just 10 days later, the country passed 200,000 deaths.
Now, We see another surge in cases. The US has just passed eight million infections and more than 218,000 Americans have died.
The nation averages more than 53,000 new cases per day, and at least 26 states reported more than 1,000 new infections in one day this week.
Unlike in earlier times, states reporting alarming trends are spread across all regions of the United States. The number of new cases in the Midwest hasn’t let up, and now places like the Northeast, which has been relatively stable since spring, are picking up.