A surge of coronavirus cases in the United States resulted in record-breaking numbers across the country.
The coronavirus pandemic is taking the United States by storm as more positive cases and deaths are tallied.
TheHill reports the nation surpassed 11 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, meaning approximately a million new cases were diagnosed in one week. Globally, the novel coronavirus has claimed over 55 million patients as each country continues to battle the pandemic. The data reported by the news outlet confirmed a new deadly wave of the disease, producing numbers not seen since the height of the pandemic this spring.
Despite the rapid spread, President Donald Trump has directed his energy toward claiming the results of the 2020 presidential election as fake news. The president himself battled COVID-19 but still encourages his supporters to resist wearing protective masks although research proves the face coverings can be life-saving.
As theGrio reported, some Trump rally attendees, where masks are frequently not worn, shared their reasonings for not wearing the covering, saying the masks are “harmful,” but would reconsider if their leader affirmed the action recommended by public health officials.
Trump has also resisted an easy transition to President-elect Joe Biden who has already organized a coronavirus advisory board to combat the virus. According to theGrio, leading infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci said it is important for work and communications between him and Biden to begin immediately so the team can benefit from his expertise.
As positive cases begin to grow, many states are concerned with stopping the spread. Texas recently became the first state to pass 1 million COVID-19 patients. According to theGrio, the Lonestar State has recorded 1,010,364 coronavirus cases with 19,337 deaths. In El Paso, a nurse claimed doctors at the University Medical Center ignored coronavirus patients as the state attempts to manage the surge.
CNN reports doctors fear that COVID-19 will continue to rapidly spread after the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University Hospital told the outlet the upcoming late-fall feast could be deadly.
“We’re going to see an unprecedented surge of cases following Thanksgiving this year, and if people don’t learn from Thanksgiving, we’re going to see it after Christmas as well,” he said.
Moderna announced its vaccine against COVID-19 appeared to be 94.5% effective per theGrio, just days after Pfizer Inc. revealed its own, potentially successful product.
“That should give us all hope that actually a vaccine is going to be able to stop this pandemic and hopefully get us back to our lives,” said Moderna president Dr. Stephen Hoge, according to the report.
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recorded 10,984,398 total cases and 245,470 total deaths from coronavirus in the US since Jan. 21, 2020.
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