Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that America is still “knee deep in the first wave” of the corona virus as daily business totals continue to push the 50,000 mark as states reopen.
The recent wave of infections has made many fear that the US is experiencing a ‘second wave’ of the virus, but Fauci said this is far from the case as the first wave never stopped.
“If you look at the graphs from Europe, the European Union as an entity, [the case total] went up and then came back to baseline, “he said.
“Now they have little blips, as you’d expect, as they try to reopen. We went up, never got to the baseline and now we are going up again so it’s a serious situation we need to address immediately. ‘
The US registered 47,126 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total to more than 2.9 million because Dr. Fauci warns that the first wave is not over yet
Although cases have risen, deaths have continued to fall – although an increase in deaths tends to lag behind an increase in cases due to the time it takes someone to get sick enough to die
More than 47,000 new cases were reported across the country on Monday, along with 337 new deaths, bringing the total to 2,935,712 infections and 130,284 fatalities – the highest totals of any country in the world.
Fauci continued to urge people to wash their hands in public, wear masks, and distance themselves socially to avoid contracting the virus.
He also warned younger people that they are not “invulnerable” from getting serious infections as the crowd returns en masse to bars and other public places during the reopening.
Even if they escape a serious infection themselves, they risk passing the disease on to someone who may not survive, he added.
Fourteen states have contracted a record number of new daily infections since early July, with hospitals in two counties in Texas utilizing their capacity over the weekend.
The number of people dying from the virus has remained stable or has decreased, although deaths often lag behind due to the time it takes someone to get sick enough to die.
Florida has now surpassed Arizona with the steepest and most alarming rise in cases in the US.
Despite fears that the recent wave may be part of a “second wave” of the coronavirus, Fauci said the US has never left the first wave since the cases have never continued to deteriorate
In just two weeks, the number of infections there has doubled from 100,000 to more than 200,000 as of Sunday.
Arizona and Nevada also reached their respective record number of coronavirus patients in the hospital on Sunday, as mayors of both Austin and Houston, Texas warned that their hospitals are about to be overwhelmed.
New files were also registered daily with alarmingly steep rises in states where the virus was relatively silent until recently: West Virginia, Tennessee and Montana.
Last week, national attention turned to Arizona and Texas, each of which surpassed their previous record number of new cases in one day, time and time again.
Despite the spike in cases, declining death rates caused White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to claim on Monday that the world views the US as a “leader” in coronavirus.
“It’s because of the extraordinary work we’ve done on therapeutics and getting personal protective equipment and running fans and having surplus fans that we could deploy all over the world and help other countries,” she added.
“So that’s what I should say about COVID.”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump tweeted that schools should reopen in the fall, accusing Joe Biden of wanting to keep them around “ for political reasons. ”
Hospitals in two Texas counties ran out of capacity over the weekend as the number of cases increased in the state (the photo shows a patient hospitalized in Houston)
Cases have increased as states have attempted to reopen after partial closings (photo, Miami Beach in Florida, one of the hardest hit states)
It is feared that July 4 celebrations will now spark a wave of new cases, even in states that have beaten their first wave, such as New York (photo, bars open in West Village)
Biden has not advocated keeping schools closed indefinitely, although he indicated on Friday that this could be a reality due to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases.
Trump also has limited powers to keep schools open, as their operation is largely under the authority of state officials and local politicians.
Educators struggle with decisions about opening schools, given the risk of infection for both students and teachers.
Some municipalities have pointed out that students have a timetable in which they can learn part-time in the classroom.
It will largely depend on the status of the outbreak and the physical size of the schools, so that social distance measures can be maintained.
As the school year approaches, some administrators have decided to prioritize reopening schools over other companies.
Last week, for example, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer again ordered lower peninsula bars not to serve customers indoors, after several COVID-19 outbreaks.
“If we want to be in a strong position this fall to reopen schools for personal classroom teaching, we need to take aggressive action now to ensure that we don’t reverse all the progress we’ve made,” said Whitmer.
Colleges and universities have announced a number of plans for the fall semester, including changing the calendars and holding courses online.
Harvard University announced earlier on Monday that all of its courses will be held online for the coming academic year.