‘Unprecedented Surge’ Predicted in US

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Day 235: Stay Safe Minnesota

Nations’ physicians are predicting an unprecedented surge of cases following Thanksgiving and after Christmas as well.

According to CNN, on Saturday more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in the US, the 12th day in a row new cases rising by six figures. Three states (West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland) recorded spike in news cases — 1,153, 3,303 and 2,321, respectively — on Saturday alone.

Dr. Jonathan Reiner, CNN Medical Analyst and professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN on Saturday that ‘rising coronavirus cases may push hospitals past capacity and force states to shut down’.

“You can make more ICU beds, but what you can’t make are more ICU nurses. We will run out of the capacity in many of these hospitals to care for the critically ill. They’ll do it when their hospitals are saturated. They’ll do it whether they want to or not. They’ll do it whether the outgoing President wants them to or not. What they should be doing now instead, to derail this out of control train, is to institute universal mask orders throughout their states. Otherwise the shutdowns are coming, but at great cost.”

Dr. Jonathan Reiner on CNN (source: CNN)

Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security told to Times “It’s getting bad and it’s potentially going to get a lot worse. The months ahead are looking quite horrifying”.

In the New York Times, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio write “Health care workers in some hard-hit states have taken to social media to issue urgent pleas for new restrictions to slow the spread of the virus and for the public to take precautions more seriously”.

In the Washington Post, Hannah Knowles writes that many state health officials are taking new measures due to to worsening coronavirus crisis. “Chicago on Thursday became the first major city to announce a renewed stay-at-home advisory. A day later, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) reinstated many restrictions, prohibiting on-site dining and requiring nonessential businesses to close their physical locations. Three Western states — California, Oregon and Washington — urged people to cancel travel that’s not absolutely necessary, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced a two-week statewide ‘freeze‘ Friday, which included curbing gatherings ahead of Thanksgiving.”

Unprecedented Surge Predicted

The CNN’s Christina Maxouris, Jay Croft and Dakin Andone write that many physicians are “terrified” about what’s going to happen this holiday season.

We’re going to see an unprecedented surge of cases following Thanksgiving this year, and if people don’t learn from Thanksgiving, we’re going to see it after Christmas as well.

Dr. James Phillips, chief of disaster medicine at George Washington University Hospital (source: CNN)

Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Surgeon General, told CNN recently that it’s important for all of us to wear masks, keep a safe distance, and wash hands regularly. “This is a grim day for the country, because we’re seeing cases skyrocketing, we’re seeing hospitals fill up and we’re also seeing the death toll march up.”

“We’re at a point now, even pre-Thanksgiving, where we are surging beyond any level that we have seen over the last eight months. If you’re thinking about going home for Thanksgiving, ask yourself if you can observe these kinds of precautionary practices, because if you can’t, then you may be putting yourself and others at risk.”

Dr Vivek Murthy, co-chair of President-elect Joe Biden’s Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board (source: CNN)

Dr. David Niccum, a critical care medicine specialist at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, recently told Star Tribune:

“There are multiple ways the current surge could go. If we are able to stay on the lower ends of those trajectories by using the techniques and methods that we know prevent the spread … we’re going to be able to save a lot of lives and really take a lot of burden off the health care system.”

Dr. David Niccum (source: Star Tribune)
Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of Nov 16, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 231,018 (out of 3,472,833 tested) with 2,917 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of Nov 16, 2:28 a.m.) there are 11,147,299 confirmed covid19 infection with 246,854 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 54,750,781 with 1,322,020 deaths.