While New York and New Jersey were the first hotspots for the virus, California, Florida, Arizona and Texas have become the states to watch, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s best doctor for cancer, on Tuesday. Infectious diseases.
Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus task force, called Covid-19 “a pandemic of historic proportions”.
“I think we can’t deny this fact,” he said during a webinar on the Global Health Initiative at Georgetown University. Fauci compared the current crisis to the 1918 flu pandemic that killed more than 50 million people worldwide and about 675,000 in the United States. “She was the mother of all pandemics and truly historic. I hope we don’t even approach that with that, but it has the ingredients, the ability to… take it seriously. “
Faced with increasing numbers of cases overall and among young people, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday that the nation was in a much better place than it was in the spring, because the death rate is lower, but said “we did not come out of the woods for that. ”
“Although we have made a lot of progress, we still have a long way to go to master this,” said Redfield during a webinar with the Buck Institute.
Hopes for a successful vaccine
Experts say the speed with which researchers can produce a vaccine is a major determinant of how long the United States will have to live with a coronavirus pandemic.
Without it, said Redfield, “we’re going to have to go through two or three years of fighting with this virus.”
But Redfield also said he “had never seen the government act so quickly” and hoped the country would have an effective vaccine by January.
The creation of the vaccine is not the end of the virus, however. It should then be distributed to enough people, as well as survivors of the virus, to establish collective immunity.
Vaccine companies have said they will be able to manufacture up to a billion doses, Fauci said on Tuesday. He hopes these vaccines can be developed and distributed within a year and a half to a year, he said.
“I feel much better when I get a vaccine which is distributed not only in our country, but also so that I can have doses for people all over the world, who cannot afford it, or in a situation where it is very easy for them to get vaccinated, “said Fauci.
Predictions of death toll increase
Before that, thousands of other Americans will die from the virus, according to an influential model.
The University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model now predicts that 224,000 people will die from the virus by November 1, an increase of almost 16,000 from the previous week.
This jump is due to soaring cases across the country, particularly in Florida, Texas, Arizona, California, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Carolina, South, Tennessee and Utah, president of the IHME. Dr. Chris Murray told CNN Don Lemon Tuesday.
Some of these states set coronavirus records on Tuesday.
Texas reported a record number of new cases every day on Tuesday, with more than 10,745. Mississippi has by far the highest number of hospitalizations for coronavirus since the first case was reported, Governor Tate Reeves said. California has also set records with 6,745 hospitalizations and 1,886 ICU admissions, according to data from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
The virus is so widespread that laboratories receive more coronavirus samples than they can process, the American Clinical Laboratory Association said on Tuesday.
Debate Continues as Back to School Dates Approach
As the numbers increase, officials continue to debate the best plan for the new school year.
In California, some of the largest school districts in Orange County have declared that they will not follow the county council’s controversial recommendations to expel students and teachers to class this fall without the use of face masks or of social distancing.
Many are still discussing their alternatives, but the unified school districts of Anaheim and Santa Anita said their school years would begin with distance learning.
“In these difficult times, the safety of our school community continues to be our top priority. Although we hope at some point that our students will attend our schools alongside their classmates and teachers, this is not the time, “said the Santa Ana Unified School. District Superintendent Jerry Almendarez.
President Donald Trump, who threatened funding for schools that do not return to campus in the fall, said in an interview with CBS News on Tuesday that it would be a “terrible decision” for schools not to return and that people do politics with the issue.
CNN’s Sarah Moon, Amanda Watts, Joe Sutton, Jason Hoffman, Jennifer Henderson, Molly Silverman, Raja Razek and Jenn Selva contributed to this report.