By heat HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press
MISSION, Kan. (AP) – Just when the US appears on the verge of landing a COVID-19 vaccine, the numbers have become more bleak than ever: more than 3,000 US deaths, D-Day or more than 9 / in a single day 1 1. One million new cases in a span of five days. More than 106,000 people in the hospital.
Crisis around the country is pushing medical centers to break down and staff members and public health officials have been burned and suffer from tears and nightmares.
All told, the crisis has killed more than 290,000 people nationwide, with more than 15 million confirmed infections.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has recorded 3,124 deaths on Wednesday, the highest single day so far. As of last week, the peak had 2,603 deaths on April 15, when New York City was the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak. The latest number is subject to revision up or down.
Wednesday’s toll eclipsed American deaths during World War II on the opening day of the Normandy invasion: 2,500 of some 4,400 allied dead. And it topped the toll on September 11, 2001: 2,977.
New cases per day are running at an all-time high of over 209,000 on average. And the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is setting records almost every day.
An advisory panel to the US government called on Thursday to decide whether the widespread use of the PFire’s COVID-19 vaccine would help prevent its spread. Depending on how fast the FDA signs the panel’s recommendation, the shots may begin within days, inaugurating the largest vaccination campaign in American history.
In St. Louis, respiratory therapist Joe Kowelski said he saw the entire floor of his hospital filled with COVID-19 patients, some with two in a room. He said the supply of ventilators is dwindling, and the inventory is so thin that colleagues on one shift had to ventilate a patient using a BEAP machine, similar to the equipment used to treat sleep apnea .
He sometimes has nightmares when he goes home to sleep during the day, at the end of his horrific innings at night.
“I must be feeling sleepy and I will be working in a unit and things will go completely wrong and I will wake myself up. They will be very showy and very vivid, “he said.” This will really shake me up. “
In New Orleans, the city’s Director of Health Drs. Jennifer Avegno described a recent visit to a hospital where she saw doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and others with a lengthy COVID-19 patient at risky risk for surviving the disease. Some later broke down in tears, she said.
“These are emergency and critical care workers,” he said. “We don’t cry very often – and especially not all of us at once.”
He said that “the sheer exhaustion of giving all of their time to similar patients again and again over the past nine months, coupled with the knowledge that it can be prevented by really simple measures.”
In Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam, a physician by training, announced the midnight curfew and extended mask rules requiring not only the inside, but wearing facial coverings.
Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres became one of the latest celebrities to be infected with the virus, though she said she “feels fine right now.” Production on her talk show was halted until January, and would air again in the meantime.
AP National Writer Joclien Novec in New York contributed to this report. Press reporters from around the world contributed to this report.
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