The mood in the United States is a tense one at this time, thanks to a number of unprecedented situations unfolding all at once.
First and foremost this week is the continued refusal of President Trump to concede the 2020 election to former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump and his team have launched a number of lawsuits in states from coast to coast, alleging voter fraud and “illegally” cast ballots. Just this week, in fact, a new lawsuit was filed in Michigan, attempting to block The Wolverine State from certifying election results.
But there is another stressful situation unfolding before our eyes as well, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen here in America. This week has been particularly troubling.
The U.S. hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations Tuesday and surpassed 1 million new confirmed cases in just the first 10 days of November amid a nationwide surge of infections that shows no signs of slowing.
The new wave appears bigger and more widespread than the surges that happened in the spring and summer — and threatens to be worse. But experts say there are also reasons to think the nation is better able to deal with the virus this time around.
Newly confirmed infections in the U.S. were running at all-time highs of well over 100,000 per day, pushing the total to more than 10 million and eclipsing 1 million since Halloween. There are now 61,964 people hospitalized, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
Medical experts have warned that the cooler fall temperatures would lead to an increase in the number of cases, as Americans began to gather indoors more frequently, where the virus has a better chance of spreading via respiratory droplets.
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