Friday, June 12, 2020

U.S. Hits 2 Million C-Virus Cases; Bald Men May be Hit Harder, and Other C-Virus Updates

The coronavirus that has been pushed to the awareness sideline by a watershed moment in U.S. race relations reached 2 million U.S. infections.
The Johns Hopkins virus dashboard counted more than 27,000 new cases Wednesday, a day that saw almost 1,000 U.S. deaths. More than 113,000 Americans have died since the virus emerged here a few months ago.
As the nation slowly reopens after months of lockdown, the pandemic that paralyzed the global economy is still very much among us. Despite a decline in U.S. deaths for six weeks in a row, Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said the USA must be prepared for 100,000 victims in the next few months.
"The pandemic is still here. Between 800 and 1,000 people are dying a day," Jha tweeted. "We can't become immune to this. We can't."
Ogbonnaya Omenka, a public health expert and assistant professor at Butler University, said that if there is a resurgence in the fall, the numbers might be even higher.
"Although we have been dealing with the problem for months, we do not know how challenging a second wave may prove to be," Omenka told USA TODAY. "Conventional wisdom indicates the second wave would present more difficulties than the first."
Even the eye-opening, 2 million infections is a lowball number, said Melissa Nolan, an infectious disease expert and professor at the University of South Carolina. The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that for every four symptomatic cases, there is one asymptomatic case, which would suggest that the true infection burden nationally would be about 2.4 million, she said.
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