On April 15, the United States reached a serious nadir in the epidemic: 2,752 people nationwide died from Kovid-19 on that Wednesday, more than any day before or since.
For months, the record was a reminder of the pain the coronovirus was inflicting on the nation, and a warning of its deadly potential. But now, after seven desperate months trying to contain the virus, the daily deaths are increasing rapidly and rapidly reverting to that dreadful count.
However, how the virus kills in the US, however, has changed profoundly.
The victim’s months have provided a terrific but valuable education: doctors and nurses know better how to treat and how to treat patients who contract the virus To prevent serious cases from ending Adversity, and a Very small proportion of people catching the virus Experts say they were dying from it in the spring.
Yet the sheer breadth of the current outbreak means that costs are still climbing in lost lives every day. More than 170,000 Americans are now testing positive for the virus on an average day, in stressful hospitals in most parts of the country, in many states that seemed to avoid the worst of the epidemic. Over 1.1 million people tested positive in the last week alone.
At the peak of the spring wave in April, approximately 31,000 new cases were announced each day, although this was a huge undercount as trial capacity was extremely limited. Nevertheless, the toll of the virus was an abstraction for many Americans as the deaths were concentrated in a handful of states such as New York, New Jersey and Louisiana.
Now the deaths are widely scattered throughout the country, and there is hardly any community that has not been affected. On Wednesday, when 2,300 people died across the country – the highest toll since May – only three counties had more than 20 tolls.
Forty states have set weekly case records and 25 states set weekly death records in November, as the nation’s death toll has crossed 264,000 and officials worry that transition from thanksgiving meetings to even more Can be widely spread.
On April 15, more than half of the people who died were in just three states: New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland and California also reported more than 100 deaths each day.
But in most parts of the country, spring looked very different.
In Oklahoma City, Lizen Jennings, an ICU nurse, was part of a team at her hospital planning for an attack of the disease they were hearing about from places like Italy and New York City. Employees were counting beds and calculating how many people they might be able to fit into units.
“It was always going, ‘It’s coming, it’s coming,'” Ms. Jennings said.
In March, Ms. Jennings recalled working one day with her husband Dennis Davis, who was a machine and former bodybuilder.
“I need you to pay attention,” said Ms. Jennings, 53. “Look at me: People we know, people we love – our family, our friends – people are going to get this virus. And we know people are going to die.”
New York City alone recorded hundreds of deaths on April 15, underscoring its unique role in the growth of that spring.
“The city was silent except for ambulances,” an emergency room physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Steven A. McDonald said.
One city was locked, breathed continuously in emergency rooms, filled with patients gasping for breath.
Dr. McDonald worked every day with the same idea on his mind. “You know that someone is going to die in your care that day,” he said. “The question is, how many people?”
Emergency began in the city as the summer began, but before the virus killed more than 20,000 people and became infected, By an estimateOne fifth of the population of New York City.
Now counts of daily affairs around New York City have resumed, with the metro area averaging 6,600 each day, a five-fold increase since early October. Still, the hike has not been anything like the one in spring yet.
Patrick J., director of a funeral in Queens. Kearns, who was in the spring Regularly transported to a crematorium in Shanktadi, NY, about three hours away, has seen a two- or three-day backlog re-forming in the city’s cemeteries. He has called the crematorium in Shanktadi, he said, to let him know that he could return in the coming weeks.
Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Drs. Michael Osterholm and President-Elect Joseph R. Members of Biden Jr.’s coronovirus work Drs. “We are in danger of repeating what happened in April,” said Michael Osterholm. Force, said of the death toll.
“Once you move to the case cliff, where you have a lot of cases that dominate the system, basically at the point when you fall from the rock of that case, you die. Look at the rate to a great extent, ”he said. “I imagine what things can happen in two weeks.”
With an inconsistent and shifting response from government officials, the virus grew in the Sun Belt in the summer, and then continued to grow through the Midwest and Great Plains – and again in recent weeks. The country reached a seven-day average of 176,000 reported cases on Wednesday, and the most feared is still to come. Outbreaks continue to increase in Southern California, West Texas, and South Florida.
There has been a new upsurge in deaths after rising cases.
Texas and Illinois have reported more than 800 deaths in the past week, while Pennsylvania, Michigan, California and Florida added more than 400 each. In the Upper Midwest, where reports of new cases have started, deaths are still increasing. About 40 percent of all coronovirus deaths in Wisconsin have been reported since the beginning of November. In North Dakota, where military nurses have been deployed to hospitals, 1 in every 1,000 residents now has died.
The spreading nature of the holocaust means that it is invisible in many places. The emergency situation is too wide to assist teams of health care workers from other places. Ambulance is heard in many states. Families say that even after more than eight months of social distortions and economic upheavals, their losses have sometimes diminished in communities amid fatigue and impatience.
Across the country, medical examiners and funeral home directors are grappling with a steady rise in tolls. “Our volume is exploding,” Dale Watch said, adding that Dale Clock operated and operated two funeral homes in western Michigan with his wife. On a recent night, he handled the deaths of four Kovid-19s in just 12 hours. In the last two weeks, nearly half of the families in which they worked had lost relatives to the virus. All this comes as a worker has had to quarantine due to the virus, and employees have been working over time.
In the spring, Mr. Clock said, the homes had seen only a few Kovid-19 deaths every few weeks.
For Ms. Jennings, Oklahoma nurse, it’s been a long eight months.
The spring that his hospital never materialized did not see him in the least. In July, she traveled to Texas to work with Kovid-19 patients at a hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, arriving to find a community that was taking the virus seriously. But “the damage was done,” he said. Many patients said, he did not survive.
Back in Oklahoma, she said many people did not believe the virus was real or should be taken seriously. This disappointed him, he said.
Last Friday, her mother, Linda Jennings, who had been infected with coronovirus, died.
“I’m tired and I’m sad,” she recalled her mother, who was 78, stating that she lay in a hospital bed. “I can’t do that now.”
Then on Monday, Ms. Jennings sat with her husband, eight and a half months after warning them of the dangers of this dreadful new virus. He lay on his stomach on a hospital bed, attached to a machine that helps with breathing. He was admitted 11 days ago, he said, with a Kovid-19 diagnosis.
“I love you very much,” Ms. Jennings recalled, holding her hand in the last hours before she died. “I said, ‘You are leaving, okay? I am letting you go. You are going to live in peace.'”
Rick rojas Contributed to reporting.