As a record number of voters sat on the edge of their seats awaiting election results Tuesday, the U.S. recorded 91,530 new coronavirus infections.
It was the second-highest single-day increase ever, reported CNN, noting that all five of the highest days of confirmed coronavirus cases have occurred since last Thursday.
The rising tsunami bore out experts' predictions that we are in for another severe bout of COVID-19 that we have only just begun to see.
“Where we are is in an extremely dire place as a country,” Dr. Leana Wen, a public health expert at George Washington University, told the Associated Press. “Every metric that we have is trending in the wrong direction. This is a virus that will continue to escalate at an accelerated speed and that is not going to stop on its own.”
Also throughout the country, hospitalizations were way up, with a 76% increase since a post-summer-surge low on Sept. 20, CNN reported. As of Tuesday, 50,340 people were in the hospital with COVID, said CNN, citing the COVID Tracking Project.
The caseload aside, even with 21 states setting records for new cases in a week, just one in six voters said the pandemic was the most important factor in their voting choice, USA Today reported Wednesday. A third of voters said the economy was their biggest concern, and one-fifth cited racial equality as their biggest factor, USA Today said, citing CNN exit polls.
Nonetheless, in the 86 days between Election Day and Jan. 20 when the current Presidential term ends, President Trump could, regardless of the outcome, preside over the deaths of 100,000 more Americans, public health expert Dr. Robert Murphy told AP.
Trump’s current term doesn’t end until Jan. 20. In the 86 days until then, 100,000 more Americans will likely die from the virus if the president doesn’t shift course, said Dr. Robert Murphy, executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, echoing estimates from other public health experts.
"Regardless of the outcome of the election, everyone in America needs to buckle down,1/4 u2033 Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association, told AP. “We all need to realize that things are escalating and we’ve got to be more careful than ever.”
©2020 New York Daily News
Visit New York Daily News at www.nydailynews.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.