Weeks after new positive tests for coronavirus began to climb, deaths have increased to over 1,000 for the second day in a row as hospitalizations near the record levels they hit in April when the virus was first surging in the U.S.
On Wednesday, 1,195 coronavirus deaths were reported in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University’s dashboard. The 7-day average according to Worldometers, another site that counts and tracks coronavirus cases and deaths, was 863.
Hospitalizations due to the virus have also increased to 60,000 nationwide, and were just 200 shy of the April record, The Hill reported.
Now for some good news
Here’s why those numbers are actually good news: in April when the virus was first surging in the U.S., the country was seeing closer to 2,000 deaths per day from the virus based on the 7-day average. With more than three times the tests performed and double the number of positive test results we were seeing back then, the death average now is less than half of what it was then.
In addition, hospital stays have been reported to be about half as long as they were in March and April, although this information is usually buried deep within news stories that seem to want to make things sound as bad as they possibly can.
In short, we don’t have the same situation now that we had in April, even though the media is reporting as though it is even worse now than it was before.
New methods, new drugs
After treating thousands of coronavirus patients in March and April, hospitals now have new methods and new drugs to help them treat people who become severely ill from this virus.
From simple techniques like having patients lay on their stomachs instead of their backs, to using drugs including steroids and hydroxychloroquine, doctors are much better at treating the virus when it does cause severe symptoms.
Governors who were discovered sending nursing home patients back into their facilities with the coronavirus have been stopped from doing so, which has lessened the numbers of deaths in nursing homes that have accounted for fully half of all deaths from the virus in the U.S. so far.
More good news: the numbers of new test results in the states with the worst surges–Florida, Arizona and Texas–look like they are flattening, which means that hospitalizations and deaths should begin to come down as well. Deaths and hospitalizations lag up to several weeks behind test results.
CDC says influenza-like illness below baseline
In addition, there have been reports of testing errors that have resulted in the states counting more new cases than they should. The CDC reported that the percentage of positive test results began to decline more than a week ago, which seems to suggest that the spike has peaked and may begin to decline.
Furthermore, the CDC said that the overall incidence of influenza-like illness which includes the coronavirus are currently “below baseline” (read: low), even if they are higher than normal for this time of year.
It’s important to keep things in perspective through this pandemic, rather than buying into the panic the media is selling in order to make Trump look irresponsible, keep everyone scared, and depress the economy.