Another terrible warning on Friday from Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease doctor. It happened the same day that 41 states reported an increase in the average number of new cases. Fifteen states also showed record hospitalizations, indicating more precautions are needed – quickly.
“We’re not talking about shutting down, but we’re talking about doubling down on some of the fundamental public health measures we need to adhere to,” Fauci said on MSNBC.
A county in Tennessee made masks mandatory on Friday and health officials in Florida discouraged birthday parties for children after a Sweet 16 party spread the virus. “We know about 30 children attended more than one high school,” said Dr Raul Pino, director of health in Orange County.
Some members of the sports team and the Association of American Medical Colleges have called for a coordinated national testing program. “With routine testing, we can find a place and find those infected more quickly and make sure we isolate them until they are no longer contagious,” said Heather Pierce, senior director of the association.
In Wisconsin, the state with the strongest push, politics can hamper security.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers fails to convince the Republican legislature to come together and help it impose tougher security measures. “It has now been 188 days since the legislature last met and things aren’t getting any easier,” Evers said in a briefing this week.
In a county in Indiana where church gatherings have spread the virus, the National Health Commission has had to explain why a crackdown is important. “If our cluster analysis also showed that car dealerships, smoothie stores and the mall were identified as common sources of exposure, we would contact them as well,” said Dr Mark Fox, deputy director of health at St. Joseph County.
For its part, the federal government appears to be focusing its efforts on developing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. The FDA officially approved for the first time a COVID-19 drug, the anti-viralThursday.
AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccine trialsFriday, after determining that the volunteers’ illnesses were not caused by the drugs. But, pending a cure, having to report the latest terrible events in Illinois has made the state’s public health director cry.
“Since yesterday, we have lost 31 more lives, for a total of 9,418. These are people who started with us in 2020 and will not be with us at the Thanksgiving table, ”said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state’s top physician. .
With a vaccine unlikely to be widely available before the holidays, health experts say masks and social distancing remain the best way to stop the spread of the virus. A new report from researchers at the University of Washington has said that wearing face masks in public could save 63,000 lives in the United States this winter.