United States under Pandemic : Statistics from Johns Hopkins University show that as of 21:00 on October 27, Eastern Time, the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States exceeded 8.77 million, reaching 8773630, and 226,606 deaths.
According to Reuters statistics, nearly half a million people in the United States have been infected with Coronavirus in the past seven days.
In order to contain the spread of the Pandemic, Illinois, New Jersey, Idaho and other states have successively introduced a new round of restrictions.
At the same time, the impact of the Pandemic on people’s livelihood has further manifested. According to statistics from private charity organizations, 54 million people in the United States may soon face food shortages, which is a shocking increase of 17 million people from before the Pandemic.
In the past week, 500,000 people have been infected with a new round of restrictions in many states
As of 20 o’clock on October 27, Eastern Time, the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the United States exceeded 8.77 million.
The current round of the Pandemic rebounded fiercely. According to Reuters statistics, in the past 7 days, nearly 500,000 people in the United States have been infected with Coronavirus, more than 5,600 people have died, and the number of hospitalizations has soared by 13%.
Illinois has become an Pandemic hotspot in recent weeks, with more than 31,000 new cases reported in the past seven days, more than any other state except Texas.
In order to curb the spread of the Pandemic, Illinois Governor Jay Robert Pritzker announced the implementation of a new round of restrictions in 6 out of 11 districts. Among them, bars and restaurants will suspend indoor dining before October 28, and the number of parties will be limited to 25 people.
As the New Jersey Pandemic continues to spread, Newark, the largest city, has imposed a curfew on October 27. All dine-in restaurants and non-essential businesses in the city must be closed by 8 pm, and outdoor dining must be closed by 11 pm , The city hall and hairdressing shop will only be open to the public by appointment.
The gym must be closed for half an hour after every hour of opening for disinfection, and all entertainment centers must be closed immediately.
In addition, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced on October 26 that indoor gatherings of more than 50 people will be banned. Due to the arrival of cold weather,
many states are also evaluating restrictive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Many health experts believe that private social gatherings, cold weather driving people indoors, and fatigue from Pandemic prevention measures are the main reasons for the surge in new cases in the United States.
Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert at the University of Minnesota, said that the Pandemic has not been over yet. Many Americans are becoming “feeling tired” of various restrictions.
There are more and more cases of going out without masks. Last autumn and winter became increasingly cold, and people’s gathering activities shifted from outdoor open spaces to indoor narrow spaces, which increased the possibility of infection.
Deborah Burks, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Response Task Force, has inspected the Pandemic in nearly 40 states. When he inspected Bismarck, the capital of North Dakota on the 26th, he saw that people generally ignored the social distancing regulations and there were few people wearing masks.
The local Pandemic prevention situation is “the worst she has ever seen.”
At the same time, as the number of hospitalized patients reached a two-month high, medical resources in some states were highly strained. Especially when the Pandemic broke out in the central and western regions and plains, rural areas have also become a new focus.
Doctors and health officials in some small towns worry that a new outbreak of the Pandemic may overwhelm rural areas with limited medical resources.
Faced with such a critical situation, US President Trump recently criticized news reports about the rebound of the Pandemic. He said on Twitter: “The increase in the number of cases is due to our testing, testing, and retesting. Fake news conspiracy by the media.
Many young people have recovered very quickly, 99.9%. The corrupt media conspiracy has reached an all-time high.” Such claims are unfounded and have no data to support, and have been widely refuted by health experts.
The Pandemic has been compared to wildfire cases in some areas or will increase exponentially
According to the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the so-called “third wave” of infections in the United States is more like a “wildfire” in the words of epidemiologists. In some areas, the number of new cases may be It will grow exponentially soon.
According to NBC reports, across the United States, the number of confirmed cases on October 23 was 79,303, setting a record for the second consecutive day, confirming that the number of Coronavirus cases is rising at an alarming rate. Since then, 79,059 new cases were added on the 24th, and 64603 new cases were added on the 25th.
According to statistics from the Coronavirus Tracking Project, as of last weekend, the 7-day average of new cases was 69,692, the highest number so far.
In addition, nearly 43,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the new coronavirus, which is the highest number since August 19. Currently, fewer than 10 states in the United States have not seen an increase in infections.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a top infectious disease expert, said at the annual Yahoo Finance event on the 26th that he only regarded the rebound of the Pandemic as a continuation of the first wave of Pandemic.
However, ” Regardless of whether it is seen as a continuation of the first wave or as the third wave, this is not good news.” Experts including Fauci worry that the recent surge in cases started with a high baseline of about 40,000 cases per day.
And the summer surge period is 20,000 cases per day, indicating that the situation may be more severe.
Ashish Jaha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, pointed out that every wave of infections starts from a higher baseline and then begins to climb. During the summer, the southern and southwestern United States have the highest infection rates.
“This time, the Pandemic is spreading across the country, and we are entering the winter.
At this time, the virus transmission efficiency will be higher.” He also said that the expressions of the first, second or third dial are not as important as Americans understand, because the number of new cases will soon increase exponentially.
William Hannage, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, said that it is more accurate to describe the current Pandemic in the United States as “like wildfire.” “There is no doubt that the Pandemic in the United States is now fully spreading.”
He said that wildfires are not like waves, they will pass when they come. Wildfires may be sporadic and more violent in some areas, similar to the situation in the United States.
54 million people face food shortages, food banks everywhere
According to CNN, the new round of the Pandemic has caused food tensions across the United States to further intensify, and food banks everywhere are struggling.
Katie Fitzgerald, chief operating officer of the Chicago-based Feeding America organization, said: “As far as we have been seeing, unfortunately, since the outbreak, there has been Demand continues to increase significantly.”
“Hunger Relief America” has 200 food banks and is the largest hunger relief organization in the United States. The organization said that more than 54 million people in the United States may soon face food shortages, which is 17 million more than before the Pandemic.
Since March, food assistance applications received by the non-profit organization have increased by 60%. Food shortages especially affect the health of disadvantaged groups such as low-income families, children and the elderly.
According to Fitzgerald’s estimates, about 40% of people seeking food assistance have never relied on charitable food assistance before, and they are the latest victims of the Pandemic. “People really want to know how they can get help to feed themselves and their families.” She added, “This is everyone’s basic need. When you wake up in the morning, you must know if you can get enough. rice.”
Scholars have given several possible explanations for the reasons for the food shortage during the Pandemic: First, it may take some time for the unemployed who have just lost their jobs to receive unemployment benefits. For them, they can get enough during this time window.
Food will be a huge challenge; secondly, some schools and nurseries that provide free meals have been closed, even for working parents, it is not easy to bear this part of the cost; another very important explanation is supply The interruption pushed up food prices.
“I know very well that the United States is facing a serious hunger problem, and this problem seems to be worse than the peak of the Great Recession.” Northwestern University economist Diane Whitmore Shanzenbach pointed out.
There are also examples from the media that the Houston charity provides food assistance to an average of 2,000 people every six hours, and the local community center has distributed 528,000 pounds of food in less than four months, which is about the same as the total food distributed in the previous year.
This year may be the first time that such a large number of Americans lamented that the so-called “most developed countries” would also worry about food.