COVID-19: How bad is the Present Situation in the US?
The last is not yet heard about how fast the pandemic is gnawing away into the existence of the country. President Donald Trump had come out to declare that the increasing number of COVID-19 cases should be seen as a reflection of how many tests the health care professionals are carrying out each day.
“We are testing a greater number of people each day. That is why you see the number of cases increasing,” he was quoted to have said.
If experts, in some countries, have developed measures that make their fight against coronavirus come off as seamless as the benefits of Fortnite, why exactly is the US finding it difficult to replicate these measures and save lives?
In many other places of the world, however, the case is not exactly the same. For instance, in China, where the pandemic first broke out in 2019, the rate of infection has significantly decreased.
Despite the fact that China has eased its lockdown to resume economic activities, they still maintain a viable measure that stalls the second wave of the disease.
Sadly, this is not looking like a future that will soon come to the United States of America. Just recently, one of President Trump’s medical advisers sounded a warning that the US is fast sliding into the second phase of its battle against the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the US, noting that the second wave of the outbreak poses a greater threat than when the pandemic first started.
Deborah Leah Birx, an American physician and diplomat, who also serves under President Trump, as the COVID-19 Response Coordinator, has reacted to the new development as being unfortunate.
She stated that, unlike when the outbreak first hit America, this second wave of the pandemic has started affecting not just the urban dwellers but also those in the rural areas.
She strongly advised those living in rural areas to strictly adhere to wearing their facemasks whenever they have any reason to be in public places, noting that so far, the US has recorded more casualties, as a direct result of this pandemic, than any other country of the world.
In her words: “To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus. This epidemic right now is different, and it’s more widespread and it’s both rural and urban.”
As captured by John Hopkins University, well over 4.6 million infections have been recorded in America, with about 154,834 deaths confirmed. This is a huge proportion of the global casualty record.
There are a total of about 18 million confirmed cases and 687,072 deaths worldwide.