On Wednesday, at least 1,893 people died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University – the highest death toll in the country since early May.
Already, more than 241,700 people have died. And as the virus runs rampant in US communities, that number continues to grow.
Things are as dire as they seem, with new reports fueling the epidemic as the country approaches a critical holiday.
Reports warn of ‘the most widespread outbreak experienced to date’
Another indication from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Policy Lab projects is that it will intensify in the coming weeks in the West Coast, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Hospitalizations, ICU admissions and ventilator use are on the rise in every state, the lab said.
“In every Midwestern state, more than 25% of COVID-19 patients occupy ICU beds,” it reported.
These results are echoed by research by several leading health officials who have urged Americans to opt for safety measures such as face masks and social distance to help prevent the spread of the virus and prevent devastating winters.
A critical vacation ahead
Experts are concerned that some Americans may turn a deaf ear to their warnings as they prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday – large family and friends’ gatherings here could help increase the number of infections.
“For those who do, public events are safer than at home, and the gap is important to the conscience of individuals who cause old harm from other families,” it said. “But more important is the commitment to detention before visiting the family.”
The holidays mean that many college students return home to spend Thanksgiving with family and unknowingly bring the virus back with them. College campuses across all 50 states have reported Kovid-19 cases since the epidemic began, and organizations across the U.S. are implementing new measures amid a resurgence of infections.
Security measures are never far away
“We hope we get more good news about vaccines, take the time to increase production to take them to all countries and then vaccinate enough people, so life goes back to Kovid days,” World Health Organization chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said during a social media live Q&A.
Even when the vaccine arrives, people will need booster shots in the future, Dr. Anthony Fauzi said Wednesday.
“I do not think it’s going to be the same as they say,” Fossie told Financial Times correspondent Hannah Kuchler.
But a vaccine suppresses the spread of the virus rather than epidemic and infection levels.
“Then you have to be careful, because when new harmful people enter the world, they have a chance,” Fauzi said. “And because people with immunity are losing their immunity, they are more likely to come back.”
While the effectiveness of the Kovid-19 vaccine is promising, it is too early to tell how long the immunity against the virus will last.
“Traditionally, if you look back at the common cold coronaviruses and the experience we have, it’s not the virus that usually gives lifelong immunity,” Fauzi said.
CNN’s Betsy Klein, Lauren Mascarenhas and Mirna Alsharif contributed to the report.