Warning bells on virus spread in US in coming weeks

Washington: The Covid graph is trending in the wrong direction again. In a new US record, two million new virus cases were reported in the past 2 weeks. Consequently, hospitalizations and inevitably deaths are way up, matching the levels during the first wave earlier this year.

Public health experts are warning that Thanksgiving could be “the mother of all superspreader events.” And the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against traveling for Thanksgiving as a means to preventing further spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus cases are surging, and public health officials warn that family gatherings like Thanksgiving, which are often indoors and multi-generational, could put vulnerable people at risk.

Their guidelines seem to have been flouted in a proclamation issued by the White House press secretary’s office Wednesday evening, which reads: “I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.”

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 261,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States. More than 12.7 million people have been diagnosed with the virus and the United States has set several new daily records for hospitalizations.

By now three Covid vaccines – from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca — have had successful trials and will get authorized for use by the FDA in the coming weeks, but it could take up to six months before any one of them is available to the general public.

Image courtesy of Parveen Chopra

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