The United States has exceeded the 150,000 death limit confirmed by Covid-19, just six months after the first cases were diagnosed in China and with the outbreak out of control.
The largest U.S. death toll is the highest in the world by a significant margin and reached 150,034 on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s world coronavirus tracker.
More than 4.3 million people have been infected with Covid-19, the re-caused disease of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. As summer wears on, outbreaks have spread to the sun belt of America, the region from Florida to southern California, and appear increasingly likely to spread to central states. Meanwhile, some early pandemic centers, such as New York City, have brought the virus under more significant control.
The pandemic has written down almost every aspect of daily life in the United States. Economic activity weakened by public health restrictions and the outbreak of the virus brought the unemployment rate above 11% in June. The closure of restaurants, museums and cinemas continues as states try to reopen, see outbreaks, and restrict activities again.
Schools, once thought of a certain reopening in the fall, are picking up the way to make the building safer for teachers and students. This week, the nation’s second-largest teachers ’union authorized local strikes as a“ last resort ”bargaining chip when districts fail to put coronavirus security measures in place.
Meanwhile, many of the most fundamental measures to control the virus have continued to be challenging thanks to an improving and anemic federal response, led by the Trump administration.
Widespread outbreaks and a week’s delay in testing test results have slowed. Those fundamental failures had repercussive effects, as outbreaks reached nursing homes and continued to fill intensive care units with the most vulnerable, sick and resource-intensive patients.
As the spread of coronavirus accelerated in March, and without federal leadership, state governors and hospitals began to be kept for ventilators and personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and gowns for medical line workers. in front, who were in many places short of supplies and who themselves began to die from Covid-19.
Politics has played a central role in the way the pandemic has been addressed. The president initially reduced the virus and predicted that it would disappear – so, despite the United States becoming the world’s pandemic hotspot, he urged businesses and now reopen schools before the sustained decline f cases that federal health experts recommend.
Some mitigation methods, such as widespread use of surface coatings in public, have been undermined by the president, who recently supported their use.
The president’s controversial stunning of wearing a mask and promoting questionable treatments for the virus has also publicly pitted him against his own health specialists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was the company’s top expert. infectious diseases of the nation for six presidents.
Trump stated the restrictions he placed on travel to the United States from China and then parts of Europe as evidence that his administration handled the outbreak well, despite the limited effect these measures had so far. as the virus spread.
The wave of infections followed the rush to reopen for business in many states, with no accompanying warrants or even official recommendations to wear face masks and practice social distance.
States like Florida have kept their economies open despite full hospitals, but there are signs that the strategy will not be enough to bring the economy back to the highest levels of pre-pandemic days. Last week, for the first time in months, there was an increase in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits.
Public health experts are also concerned about infection levels in states such as Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, while the strong surge in Florida along with Texas, Arizona and California in June and July put pressure on many hospitals.
Coronavirus has had a hugely disproportionate impact on Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, significantly exacerbated by racial disparities in chronic health conditions, access to quality and affordable doctors and hospitals. reasonable price, and disparities in income, housing and the risk of occupational exposure.
There is a global push to develop a vaccine and the United States has some promising trials underway, even as public health officials anticipate any plan to equitably distribute a potential vaccine that will face a setback.
Meanwhile, top federal health officials, such as Fauci and the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, have warned that the outbreak in the United States United is not far from control, it has a “worrying” trajectory. and brought America “to its knees”.
All of this has put pressure on Congress to pass another coronavirus aid package, one that includes school funding, unemployment benefits and hunger relief. But as of now, there is still a gap between the parties, with Republicans proposing to raise unemployment benefits to $ 200 a week. Meanwhile, with difficulty in aid, observers are predicting that a wave of evictions could occur.