The prestigious cardiologist and geneticist Eric Topol, current editor-in-chief of Medscape –one of the most consulted medical science sites in the world-, warned this Friday about the urgent need to redouble efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the US at a time when the numbers of contagion cases reach record numbers every day and the rulers seem more busy organizing the transition of power after the November 3 elections.
“A lame duck phase [expresión que alude a los últimos días en el gobierno de un presidente saliente] of about 75 days is intolerable while there is a worsening of the pandemic, now with 2 new confirmed cases every second “, Topol warned from his Twitter account, where he usually shares hard data on the evolution of COVID-19.
On November 7, when dozens of world leaders recognized Joe Biden as president-elect of the United States, the North American researcher shared worrying numbers on the advance of the virus in the country. “It is not to divert attention from the celebration, but… we have just had more than 128,000 new infections in the US, another new record. Hospitalizations continue to rise to nearly 59,000. And 1,097 more people died. We have a serious job to do “he noted in a tweet.
Biden’s presidential inauguration will take place on January 20, 2021, Therefore, the current president, Donald Trump, still has little more than two months in office, which will probably coincide with the worst of this second wave of coronavirus in the country.
Trump, however, said this Friday that he does not intend to make changes to his questioned plan to combat the coronavirus and emphasized that his administration will not order “under any circumstances” a nationwide quarantine, putting all the hopes in the development of a vaccine that will be distributed in massive form only in April 2021.
In this regard, Topol said: “We are about to reach a new pandemic peak in hospitalized people, more than 60,000. The increase in cases is unlimited unless we take aggressive action, which of course should have started months ago. But it is never too late ”.
“There is no such thing as a damn ‘casedemic’ [un aumento de los casos sin un aumento concomitante de muertes] and we don’t need to see these lines going up any more. It is time to take control of this virus. We can do it”, Topol remarked in a series of messages with illustrative graphics of the growth of the pandemic.
Topol’s thinking is aligned with that of many public health experts who also warn for the rapid advance of COVID-19 cases in the United States, even indicating that new mandatory isolations should not be ruled out due to the “humanitarian disaster”.
For former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tom Frieden, The US is living in “dangerous times”, while the main medical correspondent of the chain CNN, Sanjay Gupta, spoke of a “Humanitarian disaster” and epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, who is part of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, described the situation as the “hell of COVID-19”.
Although forceful, the appraisals of the experts strike against the accumulated and widespread fatigue of the population in the face of movement restrictions, which have been rising progressively across the country in recent months due to the negative impact they have on the economy. Even in states where some of these restrictions have been re-imposed to stem the new wave, many people are relaxing care or simply ignoring it.
On Wednesday, 14 states of the country, almost all located in the north central, reported record numbers of hospitalizations. While 23 states across the country suffered record numbers of infections, according to the Washington Post.
The United States reached this Friday, Thursday, the figure of 10,693,773 confirmed cases and 243,466 deaths from COVID-19, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University, after registering 142,363 infections and 1,764 deaths in 24 hours.
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