As our nation prepares to tackle the 2020 election head on, (and whatever chaos could befall us after the fact), we are also still very much dealing with a coronavirus pandemic…and it doesn’t appear to be trending in the right direction.
Experts seem torn in this regard. Some say that this is the second wave of COVID-19, which, if historical viral precedent means anything, could be downright devastating. Others, however, are convinced that we are still in the midst of the first wave’s fluctuating resurgence, and that the cooler temperatures of the coming seasons will be what drives us over the edge and into the second wave.
In either case, the outlook doesn’t seem all that rosy, and the World Health Organization recognizes this.
“It may require shutting down and restricting movement and having stay-at-home orders in order to take the heat out of this phase of the pandemic,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said during a press conference. “We’re well behind this virus.”
Outside of the U.S., at least seven countries, four of them in Europe, reported record highs in average daily new cases on Sunday, according to a CNBC analysis of data of Johns Hopkins University. In the U.S., cases are also accelerating. As of Sunday, the U.S. has reported an average of about 68,767 new cases every day, the highest seven-day average recorded yet, according to Hopkins data.
There are concerns that the cooler weather will drive individuals indoors, where they will be in close contact more often with others who could be carrying the disease.
In Italy and other European countries where the virus has come back with a vengeance as of late, protests have popped up seeking to end national curfews and lockdowns.
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