By far the country most affected by the pandemic, the United States is reaching new heights in terms of infections and deaths. An expert warns that the worst seems to come as hospitals struggle to cope and say so openly. And trips around Thanksgiving week aren’t going to help.
The New York Times counted this November 28 more than 13 million cases of people having been infected with the coronavirus since the start of the crisis and “at least” 264,700 deaths. “The number of cases climbs in most [des régions] the United States”, writes the daily, “leading to dire warnings about full hospitals, exhausted healthcare professionals and increased lockdowns ”.
Even the small state of Vermont, bordered to the north by Quebec and which reported no casualties from July to November, is no longer immune to the wave of Covid-19. It is now adopting new restrictive measures, report it Boston Globe.
In the states of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Mississippi and North Dakota, at least one death per 1,000 inhabitants was recorded on November 27, indicates the Washington Post.
Healthcare systems “on the verge of breaking down”
“From New Mexico to Minnesota and Florida, hospitals are overflowing with record cases of Covid patients ”, underlines again the New York Times. Insufficient beds and staff to treat the sick: health care systems “are on the verge of breaking up ” says Michael Osterholm, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team dans un podcast du Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, a Washington-based think tank specializing in international relations).
Health workers from the hospital network YOUR Health in Wisconsin asked citizens of the state in a letter dated November 22 to immediately help them fight the virus, failing which they will no longer be able to treat their illnesses.
As healthcare providers, we are terrified of this becoming a reality.”
The worst would be to come
As Thanksgiving week draws to a close, an expert contacted by CNN is sure that the pandemic will worsen in the coming weeks, before the arrival of a possible vaccine to help remedy the situation.
“We cannot let our guard down ”, warns Dr. Leana Wen of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. “Vaccines will make a big difference in spring and summer, she confides to the channel, but they won’t make any difference for now. ” Ms Wen says the United States is far from seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. On the contrary, she adds:
Rather we are heading towards a calamity. We will soon cross the 2,000 death mark per day and reach 3,000, 4,000 daily deaths.”
Grim predictions as millions of Americans have completely ignored the recommendations of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to move and hit the road to celebrate Thanksgiving weekend.