At this rate, the number should pass 11 million in the next four days, making it the fastest addition to another million, John Hopkins data show.
Michigan Gov. Gechen Whitmer warned on Thursday that the state was “by far the worst part of this epidemic”.
“That curve we flattened? Right now, that curve is a straight line and it’s straight,” he said.
An estimated forecast published by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention Project on Thursday after 282,000 deaths as of December 5 – about 40,000 Americans dying in the next three weeks.
‘Less is this Thanksgiving’
Public health measures postponed by authorities for months – including face covering, social disturbances and regular hand washing – can provide much-needed help. If, according to IHME estimates, 95% of Americans wear face masks, more than 17,000 lives could be saved.
“If we do simple public health measures, that will start rising and coming down,” Dr. of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director. Anthony Fauci told CBS “This Morning” on Friday.
If the Americans lowered their guard, “We’ll keep going,” Fauci said.
In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu reported that most of the new cases of the virus are occurring at gatherings where people did not wear masks.
“If there are circumstances where it is a family member who is not in your immediate family, even if you are in your home, you and that member should possibly wear a mask,” the governor said. “The virus doesn’t care that it’s Uncle Bob.”
Professor of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University, Drs. “Separation should be the norm”, William Scheffner said on Thursday. “We don’t want to give viruses while we are giving thanks.”
Study: New, mutant virus strain spreads more easily
Researchers also now say they found more evidence that a mutant version of the coronovirus, which has been overtaken by a chronic strain to spread to most of the world, is more easily transmitted – but not more dangerous. looks like.
And it has not changed its physical shape so the body should be sensitive to the immune response whether natural or induced by the vaccine.
The research team led by two experts in genetics of the virus – Dr. of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Dr. of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Ralph Barrick – studied the so-called D1414G variant Coronavirus.
The team’s findings validate earlier studies that showed that the new strain spreads more easily and also supports evidence that the mutation did not cause the virus to cause severe disease. The mutation can help the virus to flourish better in the nose and upper respiratory tract, which will help it to spread.
Officially stated that ‘targeted vaccination’ in December or early January
Meanwhile, a top US official said on Thursday that every American who wants to get the vaccine will be able to do so by April.
US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN, “Initially, in December and January, we were going to have very targeted vaccinations, which also helped some of our largest chains, such as Walgren and CVS.”
It would take enough vaccines to vaccinate “all of our most vulnerable citizens” in December, he said, followed by “all our seniors, as well as our emergency first responders and our health care workers”.
“From the end of March to the beginning of April, we think of all the vaccines we’ve invested in, we have enough for all Americans who want to get vaccinated,” he said.
CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Elizabeth Cohen, Sameera Said and Maggie Fox contributed to this report.