American media were swiped by an astonishing news: the latest data provided by the US New Coronavirus Tracking Project (CTP) showed that on the 4th local time, the number of new cases of Coronavirus in a single day in the United States exceeded 100,000 for the first time , a record Another new record.
Sure enough, Fauci was right! And the harder days are yet to come
Although this number surprised the media, it is not surprising to the experts.
As early as the end of June, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House Pandemic Response Task Force , issued a warning when testifying before the Senate that if the Pandemic is still not effectively controlled, the United States will have a new day. The increase in cases will eventually reach 100,000. At the time, this number was just over 40,000.
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Fauci further warned that the increasing number of cases in the United States may soon exceed the 100,000 mark, and that “the situation cannot be worse.”
But unfortunately, Fauci’s frank criticism of the government’s ineffectiveness in fighting the pandemic once again drew attacks from White House politicians and was accused of “warranty”. US President Trump even hinted at the firing of Fauci during his campaign rallies.
As the White House blindly “political anti-pandemic” and refused to adopt the opinions of scientists such as Fauci, the US pandemic has experienced its third wave of outbreaks in autumn and winter after experiencing its peaks in spring and summer.
Currently, cases in most states in the United States are increasing. With the increasing number of cases, the number of patients admitted by American hospitals reported on the 3rd local time exceeded 50,000, the highest level in the past three months. The surge in the number of confirmed cases has brought the US medical system on the brink of collapse, and medical staff are under tremendous pressure.
According to the Associated Press, some hospitals have to provide temporary training on Coronavirus for nurses with inadequate professional experience, or cut some of the routine services of clinics to ensure that there are enough staff to monitor critically ill patients. Some hospitals have begun to recruit nurses from other places.
National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) reported that with the surge in the number of confirmed cases, Utah hospitals have been overwhelmed and may soon implement “rationed medical services.” In Wisconsin, some hospitals even invited retired employees to the frontline to help fight the pandemic.
Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Policy Research at the University of Minnesota , clearly pointed out in an interview that the coming winter will be the darkest period of the pandemic in the United States, and the number of deaths will rise sharply in the next three to four weeks.
Saskia Popscu, an epidemiologist at the University of Arizona and member of the New Coronavirus Working Group of the Federation of American Scientists , also said in an interview that he is increasingly worried that “the third wave of the pandemic will be very dangerous and long.”
Zhang Zhixin, a researcher at the American Research Institute of the China Institute of Modern International Relations, believes that a major reason for the development of the pandemic in the United States to such a serious degree is the pandemic of the pandemic by certain politicians in the White House.
Zhang Zhixin: “One of the reasons for the failure of the United States to fight the pandemic is that its government did not respond scientifically, but politicized the pandemic. The main manifestation is that after the pandemic broke out, the government ignored the advice of experts and the anti-pandemic measures were not in place, such as no requirements. Mandatory wearing of masks and a serious shortage of tests. After the U.S. economy was severely affected by the pandemic, the White House hurriedly requested states to resume work and school for political performance. It is these measures that have made it difficult for the U.S. pandemic to be fundamentally controlled.”
Another 140,000 deaths before the new president takes office? Masks may be the deciding factor
The latest predictions from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington show that the rising hospitalization rate and death rate indicate that another 140,000 Americans may die from the Coronavirus before the new president takes office in January next year.
In order to prevent more people from being infected, Francis Collins, Dean of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently issued a written statement, strongly urging the American people to “do the right thing” this winter, including wearing masks in public places.
In the statement, Collins specifically mentioned the latest research results published in the British journal Nature Medicine . An epidemiological modeling study recently published by the magazine estimated that if most Americans wear masks, nearly 130,000 lives could be saved by March next year.
Biden, the Democratic candidate for the US presidential election, promised that once he wins, he will force people to wear masks across the country. However, American public opinion believes that it is difficult to implement, because similar presidential executive orders will “almost certainly” encounter legislative challenges from opposing parties.
Zhang Zhixin pointed out that no matter who will become the president of the United States in the future, his first task should be to promptly introduce effective measures to fight the pandemic.
Zhang Zhixin: “As the most developed economy in the world, the United States has actually become the country with the most severe COVID-19 pandemic and the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the world.
This is very disproportionate to the United States’ international status. After the election, the United States has assumed a new term. The president will face problems such as how to restart the economy and resume normal social activities.
These require the new president to introduce effective measures as soon as possible to control the spread of the pandemic, treat diseases and save people; if this problem continues to be ignored, the United States may face a greater public health crisis. “