The United States has recorded more COVID-19 deaths in one day than ever before – nearly 3,900.
The virus is increasing in several states, with California particularly affected, as it reported one day a record two-day total of 1,042 deaths due to the Coronavirus. The increasing number of cases threatens to force hospitals to ration care and primarily determine who lives and dies.
Urging people to do their part to help slow the spread of disease, Dr. Geoffrey Sheen, an emergency room physician at Santa Clara Valley Regional Medical Center, said, “People look like they are drowning when they are in bed right in front of us.” I beg everyone to help us as we are not on the front lines. We are the last line. “
Meanwhile, the number of Americans who received the first vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine, rose to at least 5.9 million, a one-day increase of nearly 600,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hundreds of millions will need to be vaccinated to stop the Coronavirus.
Around 1.9 million people have died from the virus worldwide, more than 360,000 in the United States alone. December was by far the deadliest month yet, and health experts warn that January could be even more terrible due to family gatherings and holiday travel.
A new, more contagious species is spreading around the world and in the United States as well, and it remains to be seen what effect the thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump who met this week in Washington, many of them without masks, have had on the spread. From the affliction.
Trump has always downplayed the virus and despised masks, and many of his enthusiastic supporters followed his example. It has also revolted against the closings and incited protesters protesting the restrictions in states like Michigan, where armed supporters stormed the state building last spring.
On Wednesday, the day a crowd of protesters infiltrated the US Capitol building, disrupting efforts to certify Joe Biden’s election, the United States recorded 3,865 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. The numbers can fluctuate dramatically after holidays and weekends, and the number is under review.
“The local terrorists swept through the Capitol Police just as the virus was allowed to sweep through the Americans,” said Dr. Eric Topol, president of the Scripps Research Translational Institute. “The United States has lost control of the mob instigated by Trump and a pandemic virus has belittled Trump.”
Dr. Eric Toner, a senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security who directed the exercise, said some of the forces contributing to the outbreak of violence were partly anticipated by experts in global disease planning when they conducted a table exercise in 2019.
“We looked at the possibility of spreading active disinformation and using the pandemic for political gain,” Toner said. “It turned out that real life was much worse.”
In California, health authorities announced 583 new deaths, a day after 459 people died. The total number of deaths there has reached more than 28,000. The state has also recorded more than a quarter of a million new cases weekly, and only Arizona tops California in cases per resident. Florida broke the record for the highest number of cases in a single day with more than 19,800, while the death toll reached 22,400.
Los Angeles County, the most populous in the country with a population of 10 million, and nearly two dozen other counties have essentially run out of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.
“This is a health crisis of epic proportions,” said Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Instructions posted on the Southern California Methodist Hospital website warned: “If a patient becomes extremely ill and is very unlikely to survive their illness (even with life-saving treatment), certain resources may be allocated … to another patient who is more likely to survive.