The number of people hospitalized across the United States with COVID-19 surged past 90,000 on Thanksgiving Day for the first time amid the pandemic – as doctors warn the country is in for a dark few weeks with cases and deaths expected to worsen due to the holiday.
As the coronavirus pandemic loomed over the Thanksgiving holiday, hospitalizations reached a record 90,481 yesterday after consistently setting new highs for the past five weeks.
The seven-day rolling average for deaths is currently just over 1,600 and the average daily infections are at 174,000.
Currently, 120 Americans are being infected every minute and 70 are dying each hour across the country.
On Thanksgiving Day, the US recorded a total of 110,611 new cases and 1,232 deaths. The figures are considerably lower than previous days in the past week, which is down to a lag in reporting due to the holiday.
As the coronavirus pandemic loomed over the Thanksgiving holiday, hospitalizations reached a record 90,481 yesterday after consistently setting new highs for the past five weeks
With already overwhelmed hospitals nearing capacity in some states, health officials fear the weeks after Thanksgiving will be grim with cases, hospitalizations and deaths forecast to surge even higher.
Dr Anthony Fauci, who was among those warning people to avoid travel and keep celebrations small, fears that Thanksgiving will only be the start of a dark holiday period if cases and deaths continue to surge.
‘If the surge takes a turn of continuing to go up and you have the sustained greater than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths per day and the count keeps going up and up… I don’t see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays than during Thanksgiving,’ Fauci told USA Today.
Despite repeated dire warnings from the CDC and public health officials urging people not to travel for Thanksgiving, millions took to the skies and set records for the largest crowds since the COVID-19 crisis took hold in March.
With cases, hospitalizations and deaths already skyrocketing across the US, health officials are warning the worst is yet to come given the true impact of Thanksgiving travel and gatherings won’t be seen for a few weeks.
Dr Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at Brown University told CNN that Thanksgiving Day could ‘change the course of COVID for our country for the rest of the year’.
The seven-day rolling average for deaths is currently just over 1,600. On Thanksgiving Day, the US recorded 1,232 deaths
The seven-day rolling average for infections is now at 174,000. On Thanksgiving Day, the US recorded a total of 110,611 new cases
‘Infections that are sustained (on Thanksgiving) are going to show up in three weeks and are going to show up in deaths over Christmas and New Year’s and are going to spread in every state.’
Health officials have been warning for weeks that deaths, which are a lagging indicator, will increase after the number of cases and hospitalizations started surging in late September.
Dr Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN that daily deaths are likely to increase in the coming days.
‘When you look at people who are hospitalized today, they were infected two weeks ago, maybe more. So, it takes about five to seven days to become symptomatic,’ he said.
‘Usually, it takes about another week to be sick enough to be hospitalized so that’s two weeks at least, and then it takes usually another week for folks to succumb to the illness.
‘I expect that the daily death rate will double in the next 10 days.’
While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are spiking nationally, the Midwest – encompassing a dozen states between Ohio and the Dakotas – has been especially brutalized.
Midwest states continue to be among the hardest hit in the country based on cases and deaths per 100,000 people.
Dr Joseph Varon eats a meal in the nursing station in the COVID-19 intensive care unit during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas yesterday
Medical staff members close the zipper of a body bag that contains a dead COVID-19 patient’s body in the intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas
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