Updates: Fall pandemic surge continues unabated in U.S.

  • The U.S. set a record this week for new COVID-19 cases over a seven-day period with more than 500,000 infections.
  • Daily U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations surpassed 45,000 for the first time since mid-August this week as the autumn surge continues unabated.
  • Wisconsin is on track to run out of ICU beds, and nurses to staff them, in as little as two weeks as the state reported 5,200 positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday with only 187 beds available.
  • Two "superspreader" events in New York, a wedding and birthday party, left 56 people infected with the virus and nearly 300 in quarantine.

Staying Safe

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

Here’s what to know about the symptoms and what to do if you have them. It's important to take precautions to protect not only your health, but also that of others.

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Can you reuse a disposable mask?

Here's how to safely remove, clean, store and reuse your disposable mask.

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How to be safe when socializing

Is there a safe way to see family or friends while following social-distancing guidelines?

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How can I tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

Influenza and COVID-19 have such similar symptoms, you may need to get tested to know what's making you miserable.

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How long does COVID-19 last?

It depends. Most coronavirus patients have mild to moderate illness and recover quickly.

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Am I immune to the coronavirus if I’ve already had it?

You have some immunity, but how much and for how long are big unanswered questions.

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Is it safe to vote in-person?

We asked medical experts to weigh in on the health risks involved and share some tips on what we can do to make voting in person safer.

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Can plastic face shields protect you from the coronavirus?

Plastic face shields are most frequently worn by nurses or doctors who are very close to patients who may be exposed to droplets that contain the coronavirus.

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What's the risk of getting coronavirus outside vs. inside?

The virus does spread more easily indoors, but you should still follow social distancing guidelines to protect yourself outside.

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Is it safe to go to the gym?

Whether or not it is safe to return to the gym has become a puzzling question for people as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many states.

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Public health glossary

What's the difference between quarantine and isolation? Here's a guide to the public health terms used in the coronavirus coverage.

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WHO's FAQ guide

See the World Health Organization's FAQ guide to get informed about the coronavirus.

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By the numbers

Cases by State

StatesConfirmedDeceased
California912,90417,541
Texas879,99417,691
Florida794,62716,854
New York 503,17633,240
Illinois400,1719,945
Georgia355,0257,876
North Carolina269,0214,283
Tennessee256,8803,263
Arizona242,4805,918
New Jersey234,54716,332
Wisconsin214,9961,948
Ohio208,9375,275
Pennsylvania193,6118,762
Alabama189,1492,914
Michigan185,9347,603
Louisiana181,8375,694
Virginia178,1833,636
Missouri174,6322,870
South Carolina174,5913,889
Indiana172,7304,260
Massachusetts154,2189,924
Maryland143,3874,127
Minnesota142,3112,419
Iowa122,1471,692
Oklahoma120,1931,306
Mississippi118,5873,310
Arkansas109,7121,894
Utah108,803588
Washington104,7432,353
Kentucky103,3051,461
Colorado100,2082,249
Nevada98,5541,769
Kansas78,676976
Connecticut69,1274,604
Nebraska66,545628
Puerto Rico63,587813
Idaho61,785599
New Mexico43,826991
Oregon43,228671
South Dakota43,000403
North Dakota41,130499
Rhode Island32,3121,195
Montana30,853337
Delaware24,553689
West Virginia23,466443
Washington17,074645
Hawaii14,834213
Alaska14,09771
Wyoming12,14677
New Hampshire10,641478
Maine6,467146
Guam4,46677
Vermont2,14158

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