There have been more than one million coronavirus-related deaths worldwide since the disease was first reported in Wuhan, China in late 2019, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
In January, as the virus began to spread outside the country’s borders, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a global health emergency, but it was not officially considered a global pandemic. than in March.
Since then, the world has watched companies rush to develop a vaccine, and many countries have issued lockdowns in hopes of containing the spread of the virus and reducing the number of deaths, but outbreaks in nursing homes and other health care facilities have added thousands to the death toll. Advances in testing capabilities and contact tracing have allowed some return to normal, but not without officials warning of the risks and governors issuing a series of warrants for face masks and social distancing.
Yet, as countries reopened their borders and relaxed coronavirus-related restrictions on travel, meals and other social events, health officials have sounded the alarm bells on possible spikes in cases and the danger of ‘a second wave.
“As we move into fall and winter, you really want the level of community spread to be as low as possible,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert and face of the group. work on the White House coronavirus, recently told ABC News. “There are definitely areas of the country that are doing well, but there are states that are starting to show an increase in cases and even an increase in hospitalizations in some states. And, I hope not, but we could very well start to see increases in deaths. ”
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Fauci said the time had come to “double down” on the enforcement of public health measures to avoid another shutdown in the United States.
In the UK, a number of regions have been forced into a lockdown period following a spike in positive COVID-19 test results, and WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said this should serve as a “wake-up call.” “To other people who may experience” quarantine fatigue ”
“Weekly cases have now surpassed those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March,” Kluge said, according to the New York Post. “While these figures reflect more comprehensive testing, they also show alarming transmission rates in the region.”
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Health officials had also hoped antibody tests would provide advice on how to safely reopen, but a study based on data available in 46 US states found less than 10% of Americans have antibodies. COVID-19. Last week, Dr Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a Senate committee that preliminary results from large-scale serologic testing in the United States suggested most Americans would likely remain vulnerable. to infection.
The health agency also released data that shows the death rate from COVID-19 remains extremely low for young people, but there is a recent increase in cases among this population, and these individuals pose a risk to them. most vulnerable age groups who are more susceptible to the virus. Americans between the ages of 20 and 29 now account for more than 20% of all cases, officials noting that the change in age, especially in southern areas hit by outbreaks in June, suggests that “young adults have likely contributed to community transmission of COVID. 19. ”
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The United States, which has recorded more than 7.1 million cases of COVID-19 and has made huge strides in testing capacity since the start of the epidemic, currently leads the world in deaths coronavirus-related deaths with nearly 205,000 deaths, while Brazil follows with nearly 142,000 coronavirus-associated deaths. Last week, the United States hit the 200,000 milestone mark as the government prepares for mass distribution of a vaccine once a candidate is approved.
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