Numbers surrounding the COVIS-19, its confirmed cases, and subsequent deaths, are growing without an end in sight. Each day, another couple of hundred deaths come from states like New York and New Jersey. Several dozens of other deaths come overnight from states like California, Florida, Michigan, and Texas.
As the social distancing advisory continues to cause days and weeks to seemingly blur together, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer offered a sobering tweet capturing the ferocity of the coronavirus.
“One month ago, on March 5, there were 11 coronavirus deaths in the United States,” Blitzer said in a tweet. “Today, April 5, a month later, there are more than 8,500 confirmed coronavirus deaths in the U.S. and I fear what the number will be a month from now. Please be safe and heed the guidelines.”
One month ago, on March 5, there were 11 coronavirus deaths in the United States. Today, April 5, a month later, there are more than 8,500 confirmed coronavirus deaths in the U.S. and I fear what the number will be a month from now. Please be safe and heed the guidelines.
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) April 5, 2020
And, as Axios reports, the impact of the coronavirus will get worse before it gets better:
Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 8,500 in the U.S. early Sunday, per Johns Hopkins data. The death toll in the U.S. has risen over 1,000 every day for the past four days, since April 1.
The big picture: President Trump said Saturday America’s is facing its “toughest” time “between this week and next week.” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said U.S. deaths are expected to continue to rise during this period.
The number of COVID-19 cases has exceeded 312,000 and almost 15,000 people had recovered from the virus by early Sunday.
The big picture: COVID-19 is expected to peak in the U.S. within the next two weeks. But many states like Virginia and Maryland will see individual peaks well after that. Over 40 states and the District to Columbia have ordered residents to stay home to limit COVID-19 community spread.
Washington and California, originally epicenters of the outbreak in the U.S., have slowed their surges of new cases — though it can’t be ruled out that California is just behind on testing.
Florida’s slow response may have set the stage for a disastrous outcome in one of the country’s most vulnerable states.