Fear about a possible third wave of the novel coronavirus in the United States is growing. The US has been hit hardest by the pandemic and recorded the highest number of cases and deaths in the world. The increase in the number of cases again is making people and experts worry.
The country has experienced an average of 70,000 cases per day during the last week, with a record 79,303 new infections confirmed across the country on the 24th of October. There has also been a sharp increase in patients who have developed severe complications after contracting the virus.
It is reported that 40 out of the 50 states in the USA have recorded an increase in the number of infections within the last 7 days. Approximately 43,000 patients of the virus now require medical attention, the highest in the last 2 months.
Whilst attempting to flatten the curve, cases in the country had not decreased to a low enough level to successfully consider the initial outbreak of COVID-19 as a thing of the past, according to experts. With increasing numbers of infections, the curve of cases in the United States has steadily increased over time.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, it is premature to discuss the US as being in the midst of a third wave.
The extent to which cases within the first wave increased exponentially, and decreased only marginally, has some experts believe that this is merely an extension of the first wave experienced in the summer.
Conditions for slowing the rate of infections look dire as the country approaches the winter. During summers, an average of 20,000 cases daily has been achieved but now the US has begun to record approximately 40,000 cases of the virus each day.
Whether the country is in the midst of a third wave or not; it does imply that the virus is not showing any signs of slowing down. As cases begin to surge once more, with record-setting numbers each day, any progress made in flattening the curve can become obsolete.