November is set to be the worst month of the Covid-19 pandemics amid a rising number of cases.
As if the last roughly nine months has been easy, officials say November will be our hardest as a nation. As of Wednesday, there are 143,231 new cases and 2,005 in the U.S, according to numbers recorded by John Hopkins University. This makes it the ninth day straight that cases have toppled over 100,000, setting a new record for daily cases. The Guardian reports that more than a million cases were recorded in the first 10 days of November.
As a whole, there are now 10.3 million cases in the U.S., and 241,910 people have died, the most deaths in the world. Health experts say that Coronavirus, along with the colder weather, may increase cases. Dr. Fauci says that Americans must “double down” on their safety precautions like wearing a mask, avoiding large gatherings, and practicing social distancing. He also noted that a national lockdown would greatly help the country as well.
“We would like to stay away from that [a national lockdown] because there is no appetite for locking down in the American public. But I believe that we can do it without a lockdown, I really do,” he told ABC on Thursday morning, accordion to the Guardian. He added: “The best opposite strategy to locking down is to intensify the public health measures short of locking down. So if you can do that well, you don’t have to take that step that people are trying to avoid, which has so many implications, both psychologically and economically.”
Fauci says that people need to “hang in there” and mentions that a vaccine should be on its way to people in serious need of it by December. Everyone else should receive their vaccination within the second quarter of 2021. “The cavalry is coming. Vaccines are going to have a major positive impact … So if we can hang in there, do the public health measures that we’re talking about, we’re going to get this under control, I promise you,” he said.