With the year coming to an end, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on. Last week, the United States of America reported more than one million new COVID-19 confirmed cases. Prior to November, the country had never reported more than 100,000 cases in one day. Two weeks in to November, America has experienced more than 100,000 cases in a single day multiple times.
“Record cases over the past week will be record hospitalizations soon,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted.
In recent weeks, a number of large cities and states have issued new COVID-19 regulations. Chicago, Illinois has issued a new 30-day stay at home order. Elsewhere, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced new, stricter COVID-19 regulations as the state experiences a harsh uptick in confirmed cases.
“Please wear a mask at all times when outside your immediate household, practice good hand hygiene and it’s critical we limit social interactions to our immediate household for the next several weeks. Otherwise hospitals won’t be able to provide care for COVID-19 or anything else,” Adams added.
“This isn’t forever. It’s for long enough to flatten this curve and bridge to rapid vaccination of vulnerable populations. Our country has been through worse, and sacrificed immediate comforts for the greater good.”
Moving forward, more states are expected to introduced restrictions that are similar or stricter than what government officials instituted in March. Meanwhile, Moderna, Pfizer and other pharmaceuticals race toward a COVID-19 vaccine.