Coronavirus Report July 1: We’re Still not Worried

Two people in face masks. Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
Two people in masks. Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

There are now 2,653,200 reported cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., an increase in the past 24 hours of 48,300, a record number.  This is the sixth day in the past week that cases of COVID-19 increased by more than 40,000.  In fact, the way numbers are increasing, Dr. Fauci’s prediction of 100,000 cases per day could one well come true in the future.

So far, we’re not worried.  These cases appear to be among the young, many of whom recover in just a few days and who would not have been tested under protocols in place just 60 days ago.  If we can keep the coronavirus out of nursing homes and similar elder-care facilities, we can prevent many deaths and then the coronavirus will be similar to the flu: An illness that is dangerous and deadly to some but just an inconvenience to most.  (And do read this article documenting how nursing home deaths account for 50 to 8- percent of all deaths on a state-by-state basis.)

Speaking of deaths, there were 1,360 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, an uptick that reflects lower numbers over the two prior days.   This brings the total to 127,460

Globally, cases have climbed to 10.5 million, up 500,000 from Sunday.  Deaths have now climbed to 511,909, more than a tenth of all cases, which is double the U.S. rate.