On Tuesday, the first day of fall, America hit a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, passing the 200,000 mark of lives lost as a result of being infected with coronavirus. While the number of infections, deaths, and fateful testing positivity rate started dropping in many states across the nation over the summer, health experts have continued to warn that fall and winter could bring a host of new complications—including the introduction of cold and flu season, the falling temperatures bringing people indoors, and children and young adults returning to school —all of which could easily result in an upward trend. And, according to the latest statistics from Johns Hopkins University we are already starting to experience it. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
21 States are Reporting a New Rise in Cases
According to the data, as of Wednesday morning at least 21 states are reporting a rise in new cases. The increases are most prevalent in the heartland of the country as well as the midwest. A week ago, just nine states were reporting an upward trend.
The states with rising infections over the last 7 days are:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
According to the data, the highest positivity rates are in Arkansas (20.7%), Idaho (17.5%), South Dakota (17.9%), and Wisconsin (17.3%).
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The Spike is Likely Caused by Labor Day
The spike in cases comes just weeks after Labor Day—which health experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci warned could result in more infections—and also over a month after many students returned to college. Outbreaks have been rampant at colleges and universities around the country, spawning a spike of infections in and around the towns and cities they are located.
Dr. Fauci warns that it has never been more crucial to get the baseline of infections down.
“We’re entering into the fall and into the winter, and that means there’s going to be more indoor things than outdoor things,” he warned on Tuesday during the Atlantic Festival. “Going into that situation, I would like to have seen the baseline of where we are—the daily number of infections —come way, way down, and not be stuck at around 30 to 40,000 per day.”
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How to Avoid COVID-19
If you experience any heart issues, contact your medical professional immediately. And to keep yourself free from COVID-19, do as Dr. Fauci advises: wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.