While new Covid-19 infections keep soaring in most states, some hospitals are close to running out of beds.
“We are in free fall,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“You see the footage of what happened this past weekend. And people are either naive to the influence of their actions, or they’re simply resigned to ignore it.”
This virus is notorious for how contagious it is — and how easily people can infect others without symptoms. “We know of the 50,000 cases this past day — a single day of this (holiday) weekend,” Walensky said. “If they’re young people, it could be 500 people who die from that. If they’re older people, it could be 7,500 people who die from that — just from a single day of infection.”
But “even if a person does not get harmed individually, they have the potential to infect two to three other people who will be harmed by this infection. So there’s a lot of harm that could be done. ”close dialong
Almost 3 million Americans have been infected with Covid-19, including a growing number of young adults. More than 129,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, and some survivors are grapplings with long term complications.
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