The United States is in the midst of a fall virus surge. Now the virus is appearing in many areas across the country.
This contrasts the initial outbreak, which was in specific locations like New York City. The Chief Medical Officer at WorldClinic, Dr. Lang, said that the United States was more prepared than Europe for the fall surge as it has invested more in surge hospital beds.
The percent increase in new cases is over twice as much as the increase in deaths. Dr. Lang says the new case rate is higher than the new death rate because therapeutics are now available, and people at risk being more careful this time around.
Dr. Lang says since the virus is spread out, there are only a few areas where ICU beds are nearing capacity.
But the fall surge is creating another challenge.
A lot of elective procedures are being postponed due to the additional virus patients. And some people are hesitant to go to hospital to get check-ups like mammograms. But Dr. Lang said the problem is not as widespread as it was in March or April.
The CDC has recommended that Americans avoid traveling for Thanksgiving. The head of the CDC’s community prevention task force said the safest way to celebrate is at home with people you have been living with for the last 14 days.