These states may face COVID-19 ‘apocalyptic’, says virologist

Just a month ago, many Americans believed that the worst had happened regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in recent weeks, significant increases in infection in some of the country’s most populous states have shown that we are just getting started. And, according to one of the country’s leading infectious disease experts, the potential outcome could be “apocalyptic.”

a man traveling in the back of a truck: male and female emergency medical technicians wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic remove the stretcher from the ambulance parked at the Boca Raton Community Hospital

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Male and female emergency medical technicians wearing face masks during the coronavirus pandemic remove the stretcher from the ambulance stationed at the Boca Raton Community Hospital

The country’s three most populous states, Texas, Florida and California, which are home to more than 27.4% of the population, are experiencing record cases of the highly infectious and life-threatening virus. CNN reports that Florida and Texas surpassed 5,000 new COVID-19 cases the day before, while California recorded more than 7,000.

Experts are particularly concerned about the state of the Lone Star, specifically the greater Houston area. The city, which recently saw an explosion of coronavirus cases, is on its way to becoming the new epicenter of the virus in the United States. Other cities, including Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, are also experiencing major surges, which could result in an epic number of deaths, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN . Anderson Cooper.

It could be “apocalyptic”

“Large metropolitan areas appear to be increasing very rapidly and some of the models are about to be apocalyptic,” Dr. Hotez revealed, notingmodels he posted on his Twitter account demonstrating that Houston daily cases could quadruple by July 4, unless serious action is taken.

“That is really troubling and as those numbers increase, we are seeing proportional increases in the number of ICU hospitalizations and admissions,” he said. “You get to the point of overwhelming ICUs and that’s when mortality increases.”

In TwitterHe also added that time is of the essence. “Unless we intervene for the weekend, we will potentially face a humanitarian catastrophe over the summer,” he tweeted in a thread about the current situation in Texas.

More and more states see cases increase

Texas, California, and Florida are not the only states where the coronavirus curve is in a disturbing upward trend. At least 26 states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah , Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming experienced an increase in cases compared to the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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