According to statistics released by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of the evening of the 13th, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States had exceeded 16.22 million, with a cumulative death to nearly 300,000.
Experts warn that the pandemic may continue to worsen as the Christmas holiday approaches.
Stanley Pearlman, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa in the United States, said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency that the recent continuous deterioration of the pandemic in the United States is related to the increase in indoor activities of people who have turned cold weather.
The public’s failure to effectively comply with the “mask order” and strict social distancing have accelerated the spread of the virus. As the Christmas holiday approaches, the pandemic indicators are likely to continue to deteriorate, which is very worrying.
Zhang Style, dean of the School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, also said that the surge in the number of coronavirus cases poses great challenges to tracking close contacts of infected people.
Only when the public effectively takes relevant prevention and control measures and avoids family and friends gatherings as much as possible can the pandemic gradually alleviate. .
According to the data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 13th, as of the 12th, the average number of confirmed cases in the United States in the past seven days was close to 210,000, the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic; the average number of deaths in the past seven days has reached nearly 2,400.
According to data released by Johns Hopkins University, it took only four days for the number of confirmed cases in the United States to exceed 15 million on the 8th to 16 million on the 12th.