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Coronavirus still on the rise in U.S.

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/22/20, 05:13 pm

Officials across the United States are reporting about 26,000 new COVID-19 cases a day. Florida’s overall case count topped 100,000 as of Monday, and Arizona had the highest rate of tests coming back positive. More than 20 percent of people tested ended up having the coronavirus there, compared to 8.4 percent in the rest of the country. The United States has seen more than 2.2 million cases in total, with more than 120,000 deaths and 620,000 recoveries, Johns Hopkins University reported.

Is there any good news? New York City, once the worst coronavirus hotspot in the country, allowed people to go out to eat this week for the first time in three months. Between 150,000 and 200,000 New Yorkers returned to work on Monday as outdoor dining, department stores, hair salons, parks, and offices reopened.

Dig deeper: In other good news, read Dr. Charles Horton’s analysis of a drug that has proven to help treat severe cases of COVID-19.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Mon, 06/22/2020 05:57 pm

    Has there been any findings yet linking protest hotspots to rises in coronavirus cases?

  • AlanE
    Posted: Mon, 06/22/2020 07:00 pm

    Interesting photo to illustrate the article. The gentleman partly out of focus in the foreground has no mask on. Same with a gentleman with white hair in a mirror in the background. The barber has his nose uncovered. With all that going on, one wonders what usefulness the shield has. It's almost as if a few people are playing charades. Hard to say for certain who's right, but mixed strategies probably aren't going to get us anywhere desirable.

    There are also lots of questions to ask about rising cases. One thing that stands out is that the majority of states with rising case loads are getting/have been very warm of late. One wonders if people mixing in the comfort of air conditioning has anything to do with rising case loads. Also, it would be really nice to know if the incidence ratios among elderly and people with underlying conditions is rising, falling, or staying the same. It's baffling to me why news media isn't asking these kind of questions.

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 11:26 am

    I so agree. It seems like we only look at the number of new cases without hearing  the details. Also, how many of these cases are ending up in the hospital and how does that compare with a few months ago?That seems like a much more meaningful number. Here in Oregon, the hospitalization rate is about a quarter what it was 2-3 months ago. That seems like good news.

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 11:27 am

    It would be nice to know what percentage of these cases are hospitalized. If these are primarily mild cases, that is significant information.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 11:42 am

    To me, the number of positive cases is irrelevant. We've been told that asymptomatic people can be infected and not even know it. Why would you be tested if you aren't displaying symptoms? Likewise, if Bob goes to work and comes home each day and interacts with his wife and daughter, then he starts to develop a cough or fever, he quarantines after getting tested. The test comes back positive, and his wife and daughter also test positive, but they don't have symptoms. They are law abiding citizens, so they self-quarantine at home. Do they EVER display symptoms if they test positive? Let's say none of them suffer to the point they have to be hospitalized.  After the 14 days, do they get tested again to see if they are cleared? I don't know the process. 

    I'd also like to know how many people test positive who haven't been following the recommendations of social distancing and face masks. 

  • Kris
    Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 04:58 pm

    This article does not provide much context about viral trends and it is similar to other Covid snips in the Sift or the Stew in the past.  Several times I searched the Johns Hopkins website and got  a lttle more information, but so many articles show raw numbers and  obscure, rather than explain the information.  I expect more from World, but haven't been getting it. In contrast, an article from Reason online tells good and bad news and provides much more context:  https://reason.com/2020/06/22/daily-covid-19-deaths-have-fallen-dramatic... I'd like to see more World reporting along these lines, with broader analysis of the information, instead of relying so heavily on press releases from Johns Hopkins. 

     

    Seven day rolling averages about hospitalizations and deaths are helpful information.  Telling me the cumulative total of identified infections (from increased testing) and cumulative death counts is less helpful, actually less informative, and stokes fear, but that seems to constitute the core of most Covid stories throughout the media. All graphs I can find show falling numbers of hospitalizations and deaths (which are lagging indicators due to hospitalization usually preceding death).  In fact over the past 2 weeks, covid deaths in the US fell to 145 on 2 consecutive days.  Many of the Johns Hopkins statistics are running totals that by definition will never decline and are not weekly averages.  This makes the current situation seem more serious than it is. 

     

    Reports from boot camp classes for the Army and Marines show the virus spreads quickly, so it is quite contagious. In the most recent group of Army trainees since the virus led to shut downs, all were first tested at the beginning of training and none who tested positive entered the class.  A few weeks later, one trainee got sick and was hospitalized.  All were then tested and half were positive, but symptomless. In that young generally healthy group a few were hospitalized with symptoms,  trainees that tested positive but had no symptoms were put in isolation together, and no one died. The first Marine Boot Camp last month had similar results.

     

    To conclude, while stories about Christian doctors serving covid cases in NYC or overseas are good and provide a broader cultural perspective that we need to hear, I think World is not providing good quality reporting on Covid trends in the US.  Please step it up.

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 11:01 pm

    I agree. I love the fact that WORLD tends to dig in a little deeper than what we hear everywhere else. They haven't really done that with the Coronavirus crisis-at least not the medical part of the crisis. 

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Thu, 06/25/2020 11:17 pm

    Kris, I had trouble going to the link, but was successful with this https://reason.com/2020/06/22/daily-covid-19-deaths-have-fallen-dramatically-since-april/

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