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"A difficult moment awaits us." The US exceeds 13 million infections and can reach 3,000 deaths a day

2020-11-29T10:24:54.354Z

"In a week, more likely in two, we will see a sudden increase," warns an expert, after the Thanksgiving trips. Dr. Fauci does not believe that Christmas is better, and the vaccine will still take time.



The United States surpassed the 13 million diagnosed cases of coronavirus this Friday, in a day of dire records that may worsen in the coming weeks due to the decision of millions of people to travel on Thanksgiving holidays, despite the ruling against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English).

In November alone, up to four million cases can be added, double the number in October, reflecting the acceleration of the pandemic, which has already claimed more than 264,000 lives in this country.

Thursday was the 25th consecutive day with more than 100,000 infections, and 1,200 deaths were also registered, and this despite the fact that 25 states did not report their figures for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In addition, the record of 90,000 people hospitalized for the disease was broken across the country, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

In Ohio, the number of infections this Thursday was the highest recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, while in New York it was the highest since April 25, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Health authorities have requested that people do not travel during the holidays to avoid the increase in COVID-19 infections. Getty Images

Thus, up to 60,000 people can lose their lives in the next three weeks due to COVID-19, reaching an average of 3,000 or 4,000 deaths per day, explained Jonathan Reiner, professor of medicine at George Washington University, to the news network CNN.

"In a week, more likely in two weeks, we will see a sudden increase," warned William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.

"We have a difficult time ahead of us," he told CNN.

And in the coming months, the situation may get even worse, waiting for the first vaccine to be approved in December and distributed days later to risk groups, but not to the general population until spring.

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"I don't see it being any different during Christmas and New Years than during Thanksgiving," warned Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading epidemiologist, in an interview with USA TODAY, referring to the travel and family reunions of millions of people. despite the admonitions of the health authorities.

Knowing the exact number of infections during this holiday will take a week, specialists have warned, due to the lack of data from many states.

But the COVID Tracking Project has already indicated that the number of infections could be double those recorded in two weekends.

Given the pessimistic scenario, Fauci said that he will cancel his Christmas plans, as he did with those of Thanksgiving.

And it asks citizens to avoid traveling during the holidays, and only celebrate with the people with whom they live.

"We must avoid contracting COVID-19, especially at this time when we are about to launch a vaccine," said Ali Mokdad, professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments, "we must be very careful in these next additional weeks. to avoid pain and suffering. "

Source: telemundo

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