U.S. coronavirus cases surpassed 7.5 million on Wednesday with most states seeing a rise in cases – nine months into the pandemic – and a startling nine states setting ominous, seven-day records for infections.
A USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Tuesday shows Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming all set state records in the seven-day period. In all, 39 states reported more coronavirus cases in the last week than they had in the week before.
More than 210,000 Americans have died, and Wisconsin and Hawaii reported record numbers of deaths in their states for a seven-day period.
President Donald Trump’s assertion that Americans need not worry because “some really great drugs and knowledge” have been developed under his administration has prompted dismay for many in the medical community.
Lucy McBride, an internal medicine physician at Foxhall Internists in Washington, D.C., said that more than nine months after the virus was discovered in China, no treatments are available for patients suffering mild to moderate illness from the virus.
“We only have treatments for our sickest, hospitalized patients,” she told USA TODAY. “Currently there is no proven (treatments) for the majority of patients with COVID-19.
“Our best and only defense against viral transmission,” she adds, “is our own behavior. Masks, distancing, avoiding crowded spaces, and hand-washing as we buy time for drug development.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon and Mike Stucka