Back in June, when coronavirus cases were beginning to spike again in the United States, there was an idea by some that deaths would not follow. There were theories that the disease would become less dangerous or that doctors would be better equipped to treat it. Unfortunately now, we are starting to see what could be a resurgence of deaths from the virus. Yesterday, July 21st, had the most single-day US coronavirus deaths going back to June 2nd. Over 1,100 people in America died from the virus on Tuesday alone. In addition, hospitals in various hot spots are starting to reach capacity and daily new case totals are regularly passing 60,000.
Most other countries that dealt with the virus early have since largely gotten it under control. Italy and Switzerland are two great examples. Unfortunately, the US’s response was not nearly as effective. We now know that instituting mitigation policies work but the problem is that they take time. Even if everyone in the country began socially distancing and wearing a mask today, still there would be months of agony from existing cases. And there is little appetite for taking the virus seriously in certain parts of the country. I really hope I’m wrong about this, but I fear the US won’t be turning this around anytime soon.
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