According to the latest statistics of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of 16:15 Eastern Time on the 5th (5:15 Beijing time on the 6th), the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States exceeded 14.5 million, and the number of deaths exceeded 281,000. The previous day, the number of new confirmed cases and hospitalizations in the United States reached 235,635 and 101,276 respectively, setting a new record since the outbreak.
With the out-of-control of the epidemic, the U.S. health care system is overwhelmed, and the once world-renowned 911 emergency system in the United States is also approaching its limit. Alan Reinert, president of the American Ambulance Association, said recently that without additional government assistance, the 911 emergency system would eventually collapse at the time of the third wave of the outbreak.
The emergency system has reached its limit. The government’s assistance is not strong.
The American Ambulance Association recently asked the Department of Health and Human Services to provide $2.62 billion in emergency funding assistance to about 60,000 ambulances across the United States that can respond to 911 calls, NBC reported. Affected by the epidemic, these ambulances urgently need to buy more personal protective equipment and carry out additional disinfection work, and the price of related equipment has increased by more than 20% in recent months.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that the government has allocated nearly $107 billion to more than 550,000 emergency agencies across the United States and launched a third round of assistance totaling $20 billion last month. However, many first aid agencies said that this assistance was not enough to help them tide over the difficulties.
Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently admitted that the U.S. health care system is overwhelmed at a time when the epidemic is worsening across the United States.
Robert Redfield: “This spring, we just need to deal with the epidemic in New York, Detroit, New Orleans and Los Angeles. We can transfer medical personnel and equipment from one region to another. Unfortunately, we are now facing a nationwide epidemic, and medical personnel and equipment can no longer be transferred.”
CNN reported that the epidemic has exhausted the United States, and the “dark and deadly winter” has just begun.
Adolf Edward, CEO of El Centro Regional Medical Center in Southern California, said in an interview with CNN that the large number of COVID-19 patients in need of treatment has made medical staff “be willing and weak”.
Adolf Edward: “I think our pressure has exceeded the limit. Although our people are still in their posts, they have collapsed.
Coronavirus pneumonia is the biggest cause of death. Models make terrible predictions.
According to U.S. media reports, in the past week, COVID-19 has become the largest cause of death in Americans. As many as 54% of American adults said that some of the people they knew were hospitalized or died of COVID-19, according to a recent poll released by the Pew Research Center.
What’s more frightening is that researchers at the University of Washington use models to make the latest prediction that about 539,000 Americans will die of COVID-19 by April 1 next year.
The model also predicts that if all people can insist on wearing masks for 100 days, about 66,000 American lives can be saved by April 1 next year.
Politicians take the lead in partying. Reporters criticize the United States for setting a bad example for the world.
The holiday season before the end of the year undoubtedly adds more “burner” to this “dark and deadly winter” in the United States. Fauci, the chief infectious disease expert in the United States, warned recently that the peak of the epidemic after the Thanksgiving holiday has not yet arrived, and the approaching Christmas will be even more worrying.
Fauci: “I don’t think we have seen the peak of the epidemic after Thanksgiving. This is very worrying, because the current number is already very alarming. What you need to realize is that when the Thanksgiving holiday passes three weeks, we are most likely to see more growth. The next Christmas also worries me very much.
In the face of the raging epidemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has repeatedly advised Americans to celebrate festivals only with family members who live together. The capital Washington, D.C., also limits the number of indoor gatherings to a maximum of 10. However, these epidemic prevention suggestions and measures do not seem to work at all for White House politicians.
According to the Washington Post, a U.S. State Department official confirmed that the State Department will hold “festival parties every day” for the next two weeks. For example, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo decided to hold a “party” on December 15 and 16, when hundreds of people will be invited to attend.
At the same time, the Capitol Hill also exposed the illegal and private partying of some politicians in Jersey City, New Jersey. According to the report, the party was held by a political organization called the “Club of Young Republicans in New York”. From a series of photos uploaded to social media, none of the people present wore masks.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that authorities are investigating the large gathering because it violated the state’s epidemic prevention guidelines.
Recently, in the face of reporters’ doubts about these parties, White House Press Secretary McEnany not only did not give a reasonable explanation, but also mocked the people who have participated in various protests recently: “If you can go to the streets to rob, burn buildings, and participate in protests, you can also attend holiday parties.”
U.S. journalist Tara Heller severely criticized the U.S. government’s ineffective fight against the epidemic in an interview recently. She said that at this important moment when international cooperation is urgently needed to fight the epidemic, the out-of-control epidemic situation in the United States has not only brought serious harm to her country, but also brought huge terrorist effects to the world.
Tara Heller: “The U.S. pandemic has had a huge horror effect, and we have the largest number of infections. The United States is supposed to be the leader in global public health, but our epidemic prevention plan is not scientific. Our policies affect many other countries in the world, and if people follow our example, they will get the terrible number of cases we have.”