The United States goes through its worst moment before COVID-19 with less care than before

Image of a patient arriving at the Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of COVID-19 continues, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. November 17, 2020. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid

The pandemic is at its worst in the United States. More than 250 thousand people died, 11.6 million confirmed infected, a 25% increase in infections and hospitalizations throughout the country. And the most alarming fact is that, unlike what had happened so far where the crisis centers were located, for the first time the increase is from coast to coast and from south to north. 47 of the 50 states had worse COVID 19 numbers this week than the previous week.

However, unlike what happened six months ago, life is practically the same. Stores are open, with some exceptions in certain states such as Nueva York, Washington u Oregon, where there are restrictions for restaurants that can only operate outdoors. But beyond the restrictions that each municipality or state may approve, there is a kind of a feeling in society that despite the numbers, the situation is not as serious as it was six months ago.

“It is normal. We have been dealing with this for six months. People get tired and throw in the towel, you don’t take care of yourself as you used to take care of yourself. There’s also disinformation. People who think they have been exposed to the virus and are therefore not at risk. People who think that the mask is a problem ”, explained to Infobae Dr. Jenny Montes de Oca, a clinical physician in the city of Miami, who also confirmed that one thing is the perception of what is happening, with fatigue in society, and another is reality, where hospitals are increasingly overcrowded with COVID-19 patients.

View of a covid-19 testing site operated by the District of Columbia, in Washington (USA), on November 18, 2020. EFE / Michael Reynolds

View of a covid-19 testing site operated by the District of Columbia, in Washington (USA), on November 18, 2020. EFE / Michael Reynolds

The appreciation of Dr. Montes de Oca is confirmed by several residents of the city of Miami consulted by this publication. “We are at a point where we have to learn to live with the virus. We cannot live locked up, ”said Carolina Suarez, a South Florida resident who eats breakfast every morning at a cafeteria in the Coconut Grove area with the precaution of wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.

I decided to start living. I spent many months locked up and the virus is not going to go away. I am also young and my parents live in another country. I have no contact with people at risk, so if I get infected it would not be so serious ”, assured Alvaro García, a young Spanish man who admits going to bars on weekends where masks are not used or social distance is maintained, even though that’s the county’s indication.

The situation can get complicated with the holidays, which are already around the corner. Thanksgiving is the largest family holiday of the year in the United States and occurs on the last Thursday of November. According to a study conducted by the University of Ohio, 40% of Americans plan to meet with more than 10 people for that celebration. As every year, the AAA organization made a projection of how many people plan to travel to meet family and friends on the Thanksgiving holiday. According to his report, 50 million Americans will do so, just 5 million fewer than in 2019.

Several people wait to enter a medical check-up and get a coronavirus test, on April 14, 2020, at the Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, in New York (USA).  EFE / Justin Lane / Archive

Several people wait to enter a medical check-up and get a coronavirus test, on April 14, 2020, at the Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, in New York (USA). EFE / Justin Lane / Archive

“The situation was expected to get worse. First for the winter season, which is always the season for respiratory infections. Hospitalizations increase every year on this date, it was known that with the pandemic the situation would be even worse. But also for the holidays. People try to get together with family and friends. More meetings, more exposure. We expect an even bigger rise in cases after next week”Added Montes de Oca.

Also is true that despite having higher infections, there are fewer deaths. In part it is because the virus is more widely known. There are approved treatments such as the anti-viral drug remdesivir and monoclonal treatments. The possibility that there is a vaccine approved in the coming weeks also gives hope, But none of this will make the pandemic go away immediately.

We should not decrease precautions until there is at least a mass distribution of the vaccine, And that will take all of next year. But it is understandable that people have fatigue. And the truth is that the situation is complicated, but we have learned to handle the virus better. We have to continue reducing the mortality rate, the doctor told Infobae Francisco Delgado, a family doctor in South Florida.

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