The alarming milestone comes as experts warn the pandemic could continue to worsen in the months to come as the weather cools and people stay indoors, where the virus spreads more easily.
The number of hospitalizations for the coronavirus across the country has increased by 40% over the past month, and although the death rate has remained stable, that number tends to lag behind the increase in cases. .
The largest peaks are in the Midwest and West. California recorded more than 6,000 new cases on Friday, while Wisconsin recorded more than 4,600 new cases, and Michigan and Pennsylvania recorded more than 2,000 new cases each. And with so many states experiencing flare-ups, experts warn that a national peak is inevitable.
“We still have tens of thousands of known cases, probably hundreds of thousands of actual cases, happening every day, and that means we have a huge number of small epidemics ready to break out,” Michael Mina, assistant professor at Harvard’s Center for Transmicable Disease Dynamics told The Hill earlier this month.
New cases began to rise in September, which experts say could have been caused by the reopening of schools, Labor Day festivities and general lax compliance with guidelines for social distancing and wearing of masks.
The milestone also comes less than two weeks before polling day, and although there has been a historic increase in the number of postal votes and early voting, millions of Americans are still expected to congregate at polling stations. to vote on November 3.
Experts had said they hoped the number of cases would be lower in an attempt to make up for a virtually guaranteed winter peak.
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More than 223,000 people have died in the country from the coronavirus.