12 states reported record coronavirus case counts this weekend. This could be the beginning of the second wave.
Medical technicians work at a drive-through coronavirus testing facility on the Regeneron Pharmaceuticals company's Westchester campus in Tarrytown, New York on September 17, 2020.
The coronavirus outbreak appears to be worsening across much of the United States.
Twelve states - Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, and Utah - had more new infections in the past seven days than ever before in a week.
This could be the "dreaded second wave," emergency doctor Megan Ranney told CNN.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has advised Americans to "settle down" for the fall and winter.
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In the US, coronavirus outbreaks appear bigger than ever.
According to a Business Insider analysis of data from the COVID Tracking Project, which compiles data from state and area health authorities, 12 states hit the record number of moving average cases in seven days on Saturday.
Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota and Utah had more new infections in the past seven days than ever before in a week.
In total, the US has registered more than 50,000 new cases every day for the past four days. The country has not seen a series like this since mid-August.
According to an analysis by the New York Times, the number of cases in 26 states is high - with a daily average of at least 15 new cases per 100,000 people over seven days. The number of cases is growing every day in another 16 states and in Washington, DC.
"We're all seeing more and more Covid-19 patients coming to our emergency room, getting very sick, needing hospital stays and even intensive care," Megan Ranney, an emergency doctor and associate professor at Brown University, told CNN Sunday. "We are all very afraid that this is the beginning of this dreaded second wave."
Experts have long warned that the coronavirus could resurgence in the fall as kids and students return to classrooms and cooler weather sends people inside.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute on Allergies and Infectious Diseases and the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, said Americans "need to squat and get through this fall and winter."
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 23: Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, looks on before speaking to a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the Capitol building in Washington on September 23, 2020 in Washington Hill testifies. DC. Dr. Fauci looked at vaccine testing and whether it will be ready by the end of the year or early 2021.
"If we get into the fall and do more indoor things, we will likely see improvements in COVID-19," Fauci said in a September panel with Harvard Medical School.
The daily death toll is still falling. However, deaths typically lag behind the case numbers by three to four weeks as it takes some time to die from coronavirus infection.
An influential COVID-19 model from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington Medical School is now predicting that the number of deaths will be around 2,300 a day in mid-January and the total death toll will nearly double 400,000 by February.
If 95% of the population were to wear masks in public, according to the IHME model projects, the death toll in my February would be around 315,000. Currently, less than 70% of the respondents indicated this.
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