The United States reached a new milestone on Thursday, recording 91,530 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, while experts are warning death rates could triple by January and more of the latest stories on coronavirus.
The highest number of coronavirus infections recorded in the United States since the pandemic began crossed a new threshold on Thursday, as America recorded 91,530 new COVID-19 infections, according to worldometers.info. The number of deaths in the US was 1,047. The number topped a previous high of 80,662 cases.
The World Health Organization has advised governments to maintain positivity rates at 5 percent or lower for 14 days before reopening, but 35 states and territories were above that rate as of Friday, NBC reported
According to experts from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington School of Medicine, they are predicting it is highly likely that by the middle of January, around 2,250 Americans will be dying each day from the coronavirus. That estimate is three times more than the current rate, CNN reported.
“If states do not react to rising numbers by re-imposing mandates, cumulative deaths could reach 514,000 by the same date,” the IHME said in its forecast. “The fall/winter surge should lead to a daily death toll that is approximately three times higher than now by mid-January. Hospital systems, particularly ICUs, are expected to be under extreme stress in December and January in 18 states.”
An alarming finding shows that coronavirus can cause a significant detrimental impact on brain function. The damage appears to cause mental decline that is equivalent to the brain aging ten years, a new study has found, the New York Post reported.
The study, published on MedRXiv, undertaken in the UK, found “chronic cognitive consequences” that researchers found comparable to dropping 8.5 IQ points.
Doctor Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and member of the US coronavirus task force says that even with a vaccine, current public health measures must remain in place.
“If we begin distributing doses of vaccine at the very beginning of 2021 … That’s going to take several months,” Fauci said during an interview, Fox reported. “As that process evolves, you cannot abandon public health measures because the vaccine is not going to be perfect and not everybody is going to take it.”