COVID-19 cases increased significantly in six states, with Florida and Arizona both seeing the second highest recorded increases in their state’s history on Wednesday. Florida reported over 2,600 new cases, while Arizona reported 1,800 new cases. This comes a day after Florida, Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Nevada all saw a record high increase in cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Hospitalizations are also increasing at an alarming rate, with Arizona reporting that 8,300 of their intensive care beds, are currently being occupied. Disease and health experts believe the resurgence of the coronavirus, has been caused by an abandonment of social distancing guidelines, and the reopening of businesses nationwide. Specifically, disease experts have pointed to the reopening of bars and enclosed crowded venues, to be the main culprit of the rapid spreading of the disease. One such case in Oregon, at a large church gathering, has been linked to over 200 new cases of the coronavirus. Many also fear of the possibility of a mass infection occurring at President Trump’s rallies, which will be taking place soon in large indoor facilities (though they have entertained the idea, of hosting the rallies outside). President Trump has downplayed the increase in cases, claiming that the numbers are increasing because more testing is being available, “if we stopped testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any. Our testing is so far advanced. It is so much bigger and better than any other country, we’re always going to have the most cases”.
The U.S. is inching toward 2.2 million confirmed cases (by far the most infected country) and has already seen over 116,000 deaths. In even more worrisome news, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nations top infectious disease expert seemed to rebuttal Trump’s claims, by saying that the increase in cases, “cannot simply be explained by the increase in testing”. Fauci also warns the American people, that while they believe this increase in cases, is considered the “second wave”, he believes that “we’re still in the first wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most experts agree that the best way to keep yourself safe from COVID-19, is to practice the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommended during the first lockdown. The guideline includes practice social distancing, wear a mask, avoid large gatherings of people, and wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
There is however some good news, in the fight against the coronavirus. Scientists in the U.S. have claimed a decades old steroid, named dexamethasone, can reduce deaths in coronavirus patients on oxygen by 20%, and reduce deaths by 35% for patients on ventilators.