Experts mark the beginning of the second wave of the spread of coronavirus in several US states, including Arizona, Texas, Florida and California.
On Wednesday, more than 2.5 thousand new cases of coronavirus infection were reported in Texas – this is the largest number of cases per day since the start of the pandemic. In addition, a month after lifting most of the restrictions, Florida reported more than 8.5 thousand new cases per week – a new record. In California, the number of hospital admissions was the highest since May 13.
Commenting on the situation, a senior researcher at the Center. Hopkins Eric Toner warned that “in some parts of the country there is a new wave.” According to Toner, the new wave of cases is still “small and far away, but it is coming.”
Although the observed outbreaks of coronavirus occur several weeks after the opening of the states (removal of most restrictions), it is not clear whether this is due to the resumption of economic activity. Health experts say it’s too early to talk about whether the massive protests against police brutality that erupted over the past two weeks in the US have led to an increase in the number of cases, the article said.
The number of cases in Georgia, where hairdressers, tattoo parlors and gyms have been working for a month and a half, has excited experts. Moreover, according to Stephen Khan, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, even within individual states, the situation may mysteriously differ.
“In California, which introduced self-isolation at the end of March, there were no cases of illness in San Francisco for three consecutive days, while Los Angeles County accounted for more than half of all new cases in the state. The White House Task Force on Coronavirus has yet to establish a link between the resumption of economic activity and the increase in the number of cases of COVID-19, ”Khan said.
At the same time, in some states, the increase in the number of cases exceeds the pace of testing, which raises concerns about the ability to control the spread of the virus. Senior Researcher at the Center. Hopkins Eric Toner noted that testing will take a couple of weeks, but by then “it will be pretty late” to respond.
The submission states that the introduction of restrictive measures at the national level halted the spread of coronavirus and it was expected that restrictions would be eased. In recent weeks, this trend has been observed in 22 states, the article says.
In the state of New York, the most affected by COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo has only recently begun to lift restrictions. “We know for sure that when we open other states, we see serious problems,” Cuomo said. “Just because you open again does not mean that you will have a surge, but if you are not smart, you may have a surge,” Cuomo said.
At the same time, experts see evidence of the beginning of the second wave of the spread of coronavirus in Arizona, Texas, Florida and California. In particular, Jeffrey Morris, director of biostatistics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, notes an increase in incidence in Arizona.
The number of newly detected cases of coronavirus in Arizona has risen sharply over the past two weeks, reaching a record high of 1,187 cases by June 2. This week, the State Department of Health called on hospitals to step up emergency plans. Director Kara Krist told Phoenix that she was worried about the rising number of cases.
“In Phoenix, we were more relaxed than I had seen in some other parts of the country,” said Michael White, chief medical officer at Valleywise Health’s public hospital chain. According to him, some people neglected the advice to wear masks and keep a safe distance from each other.
Texas on Wednesday reported an increase in hospitalizations of 4.7%, to 2153 people per day. Texas Governor Greg Abbott was criticized last month for a sharp resumption of economic activity in the state. According to the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital PolicyLab, based on an analysis of the use of mobile communications, the activity of state residents is restored to the pre-crisis level.
Recall that in April, the head of the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, predicted the “inconceivably heavy” second wave of coronavirus in the United States.
According to Johns Hopkins University, on June 7, the number of coronavirus victims in the United States exceeded 110 thousand people.