WASHINGTON – Record high case counts of COVID-19 throughout parts of the United States seem to confirm what medical experts have long been predicting — we could be in for a harsh winter.
One-third of U.S. states are currently reporting the highest counts of COVID-19 they’ve seen since the pandemic started, according to data from John Hopkins University. More than half of U.S. states saw a spike in numbers this week compared to the last.
Wisconsin is among the hardest hit. This week, officials resorted to opening a hospital at the state’s fair grounds to handle the rapid rise in patients.
In Colorado, the Mayor of Denver also reports an overwhelming number of hospitalizations this week, as high as its peak back in May.
This is only the beginning, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). They predict that the U.S. is in for a devastating winter, with projections of at least 135,000 more deaths in the next three months.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, with schools back in session there are more children being diagnosed, as well, with an increase of about 13%.
This week, there was a tear in the silver lining for those who have already recovered from COVID-19, as the United States saw its first official report of someone being confirmed for Covid a second time, months after recovering from the first.
Now, as many Americans wait for a vaccine, Johnson & Johnson just paused its own clinical trials after a volunteer reported an unexplained illness. The company didn’t specify what happened, but just that it’s under review.
This is the second time a Phase 3 Covid-19 Vaccine trial has been suspended. The first being AstraZeneca last month. Phizer and Moderna are the only two federally funded vaccine trials that are still active in the United States, at this time.
Concern over a second surge of coronavirus has 52% of Americans, in a recent poll from Sports and Leisure Research Group, saying they’re planning to or already are stockpiling food and other essentials out of fear of another shortage of supplies.