The 47,000 new coronavirus cases reported in the U.S. on Sunday was the lowest in four weeks as surges in some larger states have begun to abate, the Wall Street Journal reported. What is the media going to fear-monger about now?
California, Texas and Florida have all seen their numbers of new cases come down significantly in the last two weeks, although all three are still reporting thousands of new cases every day.
The U.S. also saw a large drop in daily deaths, the Journal reported, which is normal for a Sunday but was even lower than the previous two Sundays.
Smaller states seeing increases
While some larger states are seeing new case numbers decline, however, some smaller states in the northeast and midwest are seeing an uptick in their numbers. Connecticut, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey are northeast states that have higher 7-day averages than 14-day ones.
Similarly in the midwest, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota seem to be seeing a rise. Hospitalizations are not rising in many of these states, however, according to the Journal.
It may be that as Dr. Deborah Birx suggested Sunday, the virus is becoming more widespread and moving into more rural areas rather than concentrating in urban ones.
The numbers of cases in rural areas will be lower than in cities because there simply aren’t as many people, and the virus is less likely to spread widely in rural areas where people live much more spread out instead of in huge apartment buildings right on top of each other.
If death numbers continue to remain well below their peak in April and May, it may show that the virus has moved through the elderly population in many areas and is hitting younger people who have come out of isolation, but are less susceptible to any deadly effects from the virus.
More targeted restrictions
Despite huge spikes in new cases, states have been slow to re-implement stay-at-home orders like we saw in March and April. New theraputics and rediscovered ones like hydroxychloroquine may also be helping to cut the death rate from the virus, which has led to more targeted restrictions.
Most state leaders are limiting restrictions to places where large numbers of people gather and may not be wearing masks, like nightclubs, bars and large events.
Still, new reports show that house parties and even extended family gatherings with large groups can be huge contributors to community spread.
You can’t keep people apart indefinitely–humans were made to be social. While it would be nice if everyone could just stay separated until the coronavirus burns itself out, that’s just not going to happen in the real world.