The nation’s chief infectious disease expert said Sunday that the nation could “start to get things back to normal” as soon as spring if early testing continues for vaccines and people agree to vaccination.
“If we get the vast majority of people getting vaccinated … people can start thinking about doing things that were very dangerous just months ago,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union.
The encouraging words come as hospitals across the country are strained by a record number of coronavirus patients and new infections have topped 100,000 per day for nearly two weeks in a row.
The United States remains the global hotspot. Eleven countries have reported more than 1 million cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began at the start of the year. The United States reported more than 1 million cases of coronavirus in the past week.
Some major developments:
📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has reported nearly 11 million cases and more than 245,000 deaths. According to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: 54 1 million cases and 1.3 million A million deaths.
🗺️ Coronavirus mapping: Track the US outbreak in your state.
📰 What we read: COVID-19 infections are on the rise. Closures can come. List of restrictions in your state.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is isolating himself after he was told he had contact with someone who tested positive for the Coronavirus, officials said Sunday.
A statement from his office said Johnson is “in good health and has no symptoms of COVID-19.”
Johnson met a small group of lawmakers for about half an hour on Thursday, including one who later developed symptoms and tested positive. He was notified by the National Health Service’s testing and tracking system on Sunday and told him he must self-isolate due to factors including the length of the meeting.
The statement did not say how long Johnson had planned to isolate, but UK health authority guidelines state that anyone Test and Trace has contacted must be quarantined for a period of 14 days. In April, Johnson was hospitalized in intensive care for three nights after contracting COVID-19.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that New York City will not close classes on Monday to hundreds of thousands of students after coronavirus test results remain below the level that will lead to closing public school buildings. The 7-day positive test rate was 2.57%. De Blasio warned on Friday that schools could close as soon as Monday as the city approaches the 3% threshold. Teachers have been warned to bring the materials they need to teach online from their classrooms. Parents have been given the option to learn online or in the classroom, and there are only about 280,000 of the more than 1 million students in the classroom.
“Fortunately, the schools will remain open on Mondays,” de Blasio said, “but we have to keep fighting with all we have.”
governor. Jay Inslee unveiled new restrictions including bans on indoor seating in restaurants and indoor social gatherings, closing gyms, bowling alleys and cinemas, and shrinking other businesses. Most of the restrictions start on Tuesday, including a 25% limit on capacity at grocery stores and a ban on indoor social gatherings with people from more than one household unless those in attendance had quarantined 14 days before the gathering or tested negative for COVID-19 and remained. In quarantine for seven days. Starting Wednesday, restaurants and bars will be limited to express service and al fresco dining, with tables not accommodating more than five people.
“Today … is the most dangerous public health day in the past 100 years in the history of our nation,” Insley said in an online advertisement. “There is a rampant epidemic (that) left unchecked, which will definitely lead to a heavy burden on hospitals and morgues.”
Fauci said a national lockdown is not on the table, but that “restrictions of a highly surgical type” are needed to tame the coronavirus outbreak. He told State of the Union that governors and mayors should continue to impose restrictions to help the nation cope with the rising numbers. Fauci also urged President Donald Trump to begin cooperating with President-elect Joe Biden, comparing the efforts of the Corona virus to a relay race, where contestants do not stop to hand the stick. Head of Public Services, Emily Murphy, has yet to sign the paperwork required to start the transition.
Fauci said the fundamentals of public health should be “uniform, not discontinuous.”
“Everyone should do that,” he says. “There is no excuse not to do that now, because we know this could change things. We have good news regarding the vaccine.
Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warns that the “frustrating simple math” indicates hospitalization will exceed 100,000 within a month, putting a serious strain on the healthcare system. Nearly 70,000 Americans were in hospital on Saturday due to the virus. Frieden warned of 166,555 new cases and 1266 reported deaths, which could reach 2,000 per day by the end of the year without a concerted effort to stem the increase.
“Let’s stay safe, keep in touch with friends and family, and have a happy, socially uninterrupted Thanksgiving but physically distant!” Frieden tweeted on Sunday.
Last spring, the Coronavirus attacked major metro areas such as New York City and Houston. This summer, it spread to the suburban communities and destroyed the Sunbelt. The current wave, exceeding 2,000 deaths a day, is frightening public health officials because it is Tearing apart the worn out healthcare safety net in the American countryside. Many of the country’s nearly 1,800 rural hospitals lack the equipment, manpower, and expertise needed to handle a wave of COVID-19 patients. Nurses and doctors are getting sick, leaving hospitals that are already understaffed in dire need of workers.
“These rural hospitals are designed for primary care and general surgery,” said Alan Morgan, executive director of the National Rural Health Association. It was never designed to face a global pandemic.
– Ken Tucker
On Saturday, Mexico has reached one million confirmed cases of coronavirus and nearly 100,000 confirmed deaths, although officials agree that the number may be much higher. The Director-General of Health, Ricardo Curtis Alcala, announced that the number of confirmed cases has reached 1 003,253 cases, with at least 98,259 deaths due to COVID-19. How did Mexico get here? By walking firmly, and even defiantly, against the many internationally accepted practices in managing the pandemic, from wearing face masks to lockdowns, testing and contact tracing.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador never wears a mask, and Assistant Secretary of Health Hugo Lopez Gatel only wears a mask occasionally. Except that the science is not on their side: International experts recommend mass testing, and say face masks protect the wearer and other people.
Governors of North Dakota and West Virginia have ordered Republicans to wear masks in companies and interiors of their states. “It’s absurd to be in a public building with strangers walking around without a mask,” Jim Justice said Friday. “Even if you have this manly belief or whatever, it’s ridiculous.”
Justice’s order for their first indoor mask in July did not require masks if social distancing was possible. The new system, which takes effect on Friday, requires masks at all times except when eating or drinking. And with 11 new deaths in the state due to COVID-19, the death toll rises to at least 565.
North Dakota. Doug Borg’s order came after increased pressure from doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The directive goes into effect on Saturday and will run until December 13th. In a statement, Burgum said the doctors and nurses “need our help, and they need it now.” The death toll from COVID-19 in the state has risen to 707, according to government health data. Burgum has also directed all bars and restaurants to limit capacity to 50%, closed all in-person services between 10pm and 4am, and larger venues are limited to 25%.
The new increase in the spread of COVID-19 in the country is poised to return hundreds of thousands of students who have been in school at least part-time to distance learning at 100%. Country Quick View:
- County officials in Indianapolis On Thursday, it ordered all public and private schools to close and return to online learning by November 30 for safety reasons, a move affecting nearly 200,000 students.
- A number of urban areas that operate completely online since the beginning of the year, such as San Diego, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Anchorage And many large suburbs outside Washington, DC Increases delay in classroom learning plans due to increased infection.
Prior to the recent increase, districts were facing pressure to bring more children back into the classroom. Mounting evidence shows that schools that have carefully reopened with safety protocols have not gone out of scale. Most of the spread of the virus, experts said, appears to be occurring in the community rather than in schools. Read more here.
The holiday season is approaching and so is another wave of the Coronavirus pandemic. So what does the family do? While some state and city officials have advised against large family gatherings, people may still be trying to find a way to spend time with loved ones this fall and welcome students back into the barn.
Dr. Adam Jarrett, who is the chief medical officer at the Holy Name Medical Center in New Jersey, said the safest way to try to congregate is to undergo testing and then “an actual quarantine for 10 days to two weeks.” With Thanksgiving falls on November 26th, and that means the quarantine should begin now.
“This is the only way we can be so close to 100% safe,” said Jarrett.
– Katie Sobko, Bergen scored
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Contribution: The Associated Press