Right now, more than 85,800 Americans are hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the COVID Tracking Project, an all-time record that is broken every day. "Only four states—Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont—have fewer than 100 people per million hospitalized with COVID-19," reports the Project. "South Dakota and Nebraska have the most people hospitalized per capita, with North Dakota, Illinois, and Indiana close behind."
In an interview with Alexander Nazaryan of Yahoo! News yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, warned these hospitalizations can lead to more deaths. "If you look at where we are right now—at over a quarter of a million deaths over a relatively brief period of time in which you've had an early spring surge and early summer surge—now we're entering into a very vulnerable period," he warned. Read on to find out where "the virus is spread" and how to avoid it, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Said Deaths Will Increase for a Variety of Reasons
Dr. Fauci said Americans were currently "vulnerable for a couple of reasons. One, it's the coolest season with people naturally, out of necessity, [having] to do things indoors as opposed to outdoors. And we know that indoor spread and a respiratory disease clearly facilitates the spread. Number two, we're entering into two sequential holiday seasons where people tend to travel and tend to congregate." "The virus is spread" at these gatherings, in part, he has warned. And the public health measures he extols—washing your hands, avoiding congregate settings, etc—may be further ignored in favor of family time or due to COVID fatigue. A a vaccine won't be coming until the end of December—and even then, only for the most high-risk people.
Therefore, Fauci says, "it is conceivable that the 200,000 cases—the deaths that are now between 1,000 and 2,000 a day—if they go up, if it continues to surge up in the next couple of months, before we can get a substantial number of people vaccinated—you do the math on that. Two to 3,000 deaths a day times a couple of months, and you're approaching a really stunning number of deaths."
As of Monday, the US has reported more than 12 million coronavirus cases, and more than 257,000 coronavrius-related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. These numbers will get worse: "The US could reach 20 million cumulative coronavirus cases by January 20, according to a new forecasting model," reports CNN. "That means cases—already at record highs in some areas—would nearly double by then. For two weeks now, every day has brought a new record high for coronavirus hospitalizations. That number now stands at more than 85,800."
Dr. Fauci Says You Can Turn This Around
You can sit back and watch these fellow Americans die—and put yourself in danger—or not. "I always say, as I give that message, so that people don't get panicked about it, that it is within our capability of preventing that from happening," says Dr. Fauci. "It isn't inevitable. So those public health measures that we're talking about, if we limit indoor gatherings…of family and friends, if we do that, we can blunt the curve and the blood, that trajectory, which is almost exponential. It's possible. We've seen it happen in locations where people have implemented those public health measures." Don't "throw up our hands up and panic. We should say, wait a minute. We can do something about that."
How to Survive the Pandemic—and Save Lives
Follow Dr. Fauci's fundamentals to protect yourself, your loved one and your fellow humans from a "stunning number of deaths" and:
Wear your face masks.
Maintain physical distance.
Avoid congregate settings or crowds.
Do more outdoors, as opposed to indoors.
Wash your hands frequently.
Avoid travel during this Thanksgiving holiday, as recommended by the CDC, or doing a risk assessment, per Fauci: Ask yourself who am I putting in danger of death and is it worth it?
And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.