South Dakota is currently one of the worst areas of the United States due to the coronavirus epidemic. Since November, at least 280 people have died of COVID-19, more than one-third of the state’s total number of deaths. Even in this situation, many patients refuse to admit the existence of COVID-19.
American TV host: You mean that even now that some COVID-19 patients are hospitalized and in critical condition, they still don’t believe that they have contracted the novel coronavirus even when the hospital is overloaded?
ER nurse Dolin: Yes, the most unwatchable thing is that these people are still looking for other reasons to find a magical answer. They don’t want to believe that the novel coronavirus is real. This situation is not an individual case, but represents a group whose last words are, “This is impossible, this is not true.”
South Dakota has had at least 740 deaths from COVID-19 as of November 21. This figure is comparable to the total population of the town where Nurse Dolin is located.
South Dakota resident Chris: I want him to go home. I always thought he would come back.
Chris, who lives in Desmet, South Dakota, was both tested for COVID-19 in September this year, and her husband, John was lucky to recover and John was getting worse. As the local hospital was full, John was airlifted to Marshall, Minnesota for treatment. After 30 days of treatment, 66-year-old John finally died. Such tragedies happen every day.
U.S. media: The epidemic is out of control, and the government and the people ignore the epidemic prevention.
South Dakota has died of COVID-19 in 17.4 per million people in the past seven days as of November 15, the third-highest rate in the world in the agency’s list of deaths, according to the Union of American Scientists. The American media called it a kind of “out of control”, which is inseparable from the neglect of epidemic prevention by the local government and the people.
South Dakota still allowed thousands of visitors to attend the 10-day 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as the outbreak accelerated in August and refused to cancel the September state fair and did not require participants. Wear a mask.
Sturgess Motorcycle Rally Participants: I would rather die than wear a mask. Relax. It’s a fake cold.
In early November, after several mainstream media announced the victory of Democratic presidential candidate Biden, Biden said that he would personally call the governors of various “red states” who tend to support the Republican Party to persuade them to issue a mask order.
Democratic presidential candidate Biden: We know that the most effective way to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus is to wear masks.
But South Dakota Governor Nome said in advance that whether to wear a mask is an individual choice and not a legal obligation.
South Dakota Governor Noam: Our people are happy because they are free.
American media: Wearing a mask or not The United States has been arguing for more than half a year.
On November 19, CNN released a map of the United States, marked as crimson, and more than a dozen states, including South Dakota, have not yet issued statewide mask orders. CNN noted that the United States has been arguing about whether to wear a mask for more than half a year, but the attitude of state and local governments is still very different, and it is difficult to reach a consensus, which seriously affects the epidemic prevention process.
On November 18, Brett Giroir, a member of the White House Coronavirus Working Group and Assistant Secretary of Health, released two amazing data at this stage: the number of patients admitted to COVID-19 in hospitals across the United States increased by 25% in a week, and the number of deaths from COVID-19 increased by 25% in a week. Girol stressed that this is moving in the wrong direction, and the epidemic has worsened to an absolute dangerous level.
BBC: The epidemic in the United States has experienced three peaks so far.
The BBC believes that the outbreak in the United States has experienced at least three peaks so far, and the peak of the first wave of spring epidemics is likely underestimated, because the United States had not yet widely promoted COVID-19 testing at that time. The third group, which is still climbing today, has developed more rapidly than the first two groups.
U.S. media said that 12 million people will lose unemployment benefits by the end of the year.
The huge impact of the severe COVID-19 epidemic on the U.S. economy is also continuing. The lives of the American people are constantly being hit, and more and more people are forced to join the queue waiting for relief. U.S. media recently reported that after December 26 this year, about 12 million unemployed in the United States will lose unemployment benefits.
According to CBS, the two major government assistance programs authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act will expire on December 26 this year. The expiration of both plans will cause 7.3 million and 4.6 million Americans to lose their corresponding unemployment benefits, respectively.
The impact of the epidemic and the economic downturn have also caused more and more American families to fall into a state of “food insecurity”. According to a CBS report on the 22nd, recent photos taken by William Luther, a media reporter in San Antonio, Texas, earlier this year, people queued up to receive free food.
Photos show that the local people in line to drive for free food occupied the whole parking lot. The report pointed out that some people doubted whether the epidemic had deepened the hunger crisis in the United States, and this photo was in response.
William Luther, American photographer: I think this photo helps people see something that is difficult to understand before.
In the face of the epidemic, local African and Latino minorities have suffered from lack of clothing and food.
Afro-American unemployed Catherine Wayne: You have to decide whether to pay the bill or go to the grocery store. Maybe the power and water will be cut off at home next month. That’s the worst.
According to the report, about 7 million people in the United States have applied to the federal government for relevant food relief programs since the outbreak began.