(OPINION) ETH – In what many are calling the “Second Wave”, The coronavirus is back with a vengeance in the US and is breaking records across the country causing Governors of multiple states to implement what some consider “draconian measures” in an effort to slow or stop the spread of the virus.
In fact, Thirty-six states – plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – are now requiring people to wear face coverings in public statewide, according to a list maintained by AARP. Iowa, Utah, and North Dakota joined the list in recent days, and Maine, Ohio, and West Virginia strengthened their mandates last week according to the latest from USA Today.
In New Jersey, officials have urged residents not to travel and advising against gatherings of any size during the upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. even not allowing singing. “This will not be a normal Thanksgiving. With the alarming surge in our cases, we all need to be vigilant and take all of the public health precautions that helped us limit the spread of the virus last spring.
Our lives and the lives of our loved ones depend on it,” New Jersey’s Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said during Gov. Phil Murphy’s coronavirus press briefing Monday. “[The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has put together guidance on holiday celebrations that residents should follow to protect their health and the health of their loved ones.
Everyone should only celebrate with members of their immediate household.” You can see the full list of guidelines HERE. The city of Philadelphia has ordered that indoor gatherings be banned altogether in efforts to slow a COVID-19 surge that could overwhelm hospitals and kill thousands. Philadelphia, which is the nation’s sixth-largest city, is strongly urging residents to shelter at home and “prohibiting indoor gatherings of any size in any location, public or private,” health commissioner Thomas Farley said at a news conference on Monday according to a report from Reuters.
“We need to keep this virus from jumping from one household to another,” Farley said. If “exponential” growth of cases continues, hospitals will soon become overwhelmed and more than 1,000 people could die in Philadelphia over the next six weeks before the end of the year, he said. In South Dakota, one ER nurse named Jodi Doering has reported how she has seen some disturbing examples of COVID-19 denial as she works through the pandemic.
The Week reported: “After a Twitter thread of her experiences started circulating, Doering appeared on CNN’s New Day on Monday to describe how South Dakota hospitals are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients — and yet some of them don’t believe the virus they have is real. While many patients are “grateful for the care they receive” from nurses, some COVID-19 patients spend their last moments refusing to call family and friends because they’re convinced they’re going to be fine, Doering said.
“Their last dying words are, ‘This can’t be happening. It’s not real,'” Doering recalled. In some cases, patients even insist they have the flu or lung cancer to avoid acknowledging the coronavirus”. Meanwhile, Biden’s coronavirus task force continues to sound the alarm that the pandemic continues to aggressively worsen, raising alarms on the potential impact of rising cases on hospitals.
“There is now aggressive, unrelenting, expanding broad community spread across the country, reaching most counties, without evidence of improvement but rather, further deterioration. Current mitigation efforts are inadequate and must be increased to flatten the curve to sustain the health system for both Covid and non-Covid emergencies,” state reports dated November 15 obtained by CNN said.
“The pandemic is likely going to get worse, according to Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and a newly-appointed member of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force. “We are entering this period that I call COVID hell,” Dr. Osterholm said on Yahoo Finance Live (video above).
“Back on Labor Day, we were at about 23,000 cases of new coronavirus infection every day. Today, we’re going to be in the 130,000 to 140,000 [range] again. And that number is going to keep rising rapidly.” according to Yahoo News. In direct contrast, to Biden’s task force. President Trump’s coronavirus adviser is telling Michigan to ‘rise up’ against new shutdown orders in the state.
This follows Michigan Governor. Gretchen Whitmer (D) recently announced a three-week “pause to save lives,” closing colleges, high schools, workplaces, and in-person dining as new coronavirus cases have spiked. White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas reportedly responded with a call to action. But instead of supporting Whitmer’s efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in Michigan, he urged residents to reject the state’s public health guidelines stating “The only way this stops is if people rise up,” Atlas said in a tweet Sunday night, which quoted a reporter who had shared information about Whitmer’s new restrictions.
“You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp.” In other coronavirus news, Researchers at Mayo Clinic have reportedly teamed up with a company specializing in artificial intelligence in efforts to create a “voice test” to detect the presence of positive coronavirus on patients.
The report from CBS Minnesota, details how the Director of Cardiovascular Research at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Amir Lerman believes we are just beginning to understand what he is calling a new era in medicine, one that artificial intelligence is making sense of. “The body is sending us a lot of signals that we’re not paying attention to,” Dr. Lerman said. “When we talk about voice, it’s not exactly what you and I can hear.
The voice is a spectrum of a lot of frequencies,” he added. These researchers have been able to identify certain vocal biomarkers to screen and detect patient health from pulmonary hypertension, dementia, depression, and now COVID-19. “We’re trying to use the same element of voice recognition to find if you can actually enhance your sensitivity to detection to individualized with COVID,” Dr. Lerman said.
What is all this going to look like when we actually enter the Winter season? Many have on edge after a chilling comment that Joe Biden recently made at the last presidential debate with President Trump, where the two were in a discussion on where they saw the coronavirus pandemic going in the future and specifically this fall and winter, In this debate, Biden stated that he saw a “Dark Winter” on the horizon. This comment has raised much speculation on what is coming in the days ahead and even conspiracy theorists flooded the internet on blogs and forums with much speculation on what he could have meant.