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Coronavirus updates: US surpasses record 200K daily cases; virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving, experts warn

On Friday, the U.S. surpassed 13 million cases of COVID-19. It took less than a week for a million more cases to be reported.

11/28/2020 5:28:00 PM

On Friday, the U.S. surpassed 13 million cases of COVID-19. It took less than a week for a million more cases to be reported.

The U.S. has broken another record for daily cases: 200,000. Meanwhile, Los Angeles County has announced a stay-at-home order. Latest COVID-19 news.

The U.S. on Friday reported 200,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. reached 100,000 daily infections on Nov. 4. When a virus' spread becomes exponential, the human brain struggles to comprehend how quickly the growth is occurring, Columbia University's Hod Lipson

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told USA TODAY in the spring. Because few things in our daily experience grow so fast, the concept is "fundamentally difficult ... for the human mind to understand."The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects estimated infections will reach about 450,000 daily cases by mid-December, more than double the number of current confirmed cases. Estimated cases, however, are often higher than confirmed ones.

That forecast also assumes social distancing mandates will be reimposed in most U.S. states at various times. If that doesn't occur, case and death counts could be far higher.Data from Johns Hopkins University shows that total COVID-19 deaths have been steadily increasing for months, but in recent weeks confirmed cases have been spiking rapidly.  headtopics.com

Because deaths lag behind confirmed cases, sometimes for weeks, public health experts are warning the nation to brace for deaths to soon sharply increase as well amid a long-predicted seasonal uptick in COVID-19 spread."Given the experience in Europe, we expect that the increase in deaths will soon begin to match the increase in cases," wrote the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after ThanksgivingThe coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation's response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

“I just hope that people don’t misinterpret the numbers and think that there wasn’t a major surge as a result of Thanksgiving, and then end up making Christmas and Hanukkah and other travel plans,” said Dr. Leana Wen, a professor at George Washington University and an emergency physician.

A similar pattern unfolds on many weekends. Because some testing centers, labs and state offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, COVID case numbers often drop each Sunday and Monday, only to peak on Tuesday.Dr. Mark Rupp, professor and chief of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, said the effect of Thanksgiving is likely to be a magnified version of the weekend figures. The Thursday holiday will exacerbate the record-keeping discrepancies over the long weekend, artificially depressing the reported numbers for four or five days before spiking as test results catch up. headtopics.com

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Johns Hopkins University reported a high of more than 2 million tests a few days before Thanksgiving as people prepared to travel, but that number had dropped to less than 1.2 million tests on Thanksgiving Day. The latter number, as well as positive case numbers, which had dropped by about a third Friday, could be adjusted as more results are returned.

– Associated PressLos Angeles County issues stay-at-home order as virus surgesLos Angeles County announced a new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus cases surge out of control in the nation’s most populous county.The three-week order takes effect Monday, and comes as the county confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19. The five-day average of new cases was 4,751.

The order advises residents to stay home “as much as possible” and to wear a face covering when they go out.It also bans people from gathering with people who aren’t in their households, whether publicly or privately. Exceptions are made for church services and protests, “which are constitutionally protected rights,” the county Department of Public Health said in a statement. Businesses and outdoor trails are also allowed to remain open.

Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new requirement that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for counties in the"red tier," which most in the state are currently under. headtopics.com

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Be cause of the increase in testing.🤷🏽‍♂️ Jane Fonda called the COVID-19 pandemic 'God's gift to the Left.' that tells the opportunism of the Democratic Party. Do they care about the 200K+ Americans, or do they consider these unfortunate victims to be props to use in the anti-Trump drama they subject us to day after day?

OH NO! Only 999,990 out of 1 million have a chance at surviving this deadly virus! So since Ch*na was responsible for this, when are you going to put the heat of accountability on them? Or are you going to continue the false narrative of attacking Tr*mp for everything that goes wrong? You’re flat out evil.

“Cases” is the wrong metric to look at. show America how nuts you are... spew hate in god’s name is wrong... this isn’t what the republicans want in there party The death rate remains flat. Do, the masks and social distancing are not working you say? wow Didn’t Don Jr, being the moron that he is, say Covid was over? His dad said it would be gone by easter. Guess he meant Easter 2025

Cases don't lead to hospitalizations or deaths. 99% recovery rate, 50% false positives and increased cure rates with better treatments. A fair question