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As Americans celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, SARS-CoV-2 did not take the day off.
The virus continues to run totally uncontrolled in the USA, and here in Los Angeles, the city just implemented another "Safer at Home" order.
And an update on CNN which featured an interview with Dr. Peter Hotez - dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine - has a dire warning: The surge of cases that will surely come in the weeks leading up to Christmas will be "destabilizing" for the country.
The CNN update explains:
"The coming coronavirus surge will be “destabilizing” for the United States, according to a health expert.
Health experts are predicting a surge in Covid-19 cases following Thanksgiving, beyond the record-breaking numbers the US is currently experiencing.
“We're going to be regularly hitting 2,000 deaths per day, but then going up to 3,000 deaths and 4,000 deaths per day,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN’s Jim Acosta Friday.
“We're talking about numbers that are approaching what we experienced in the 1918 flu pandemic, except it's happening over a much shorter period of time,” he added.Hotez said without a national program in place, hospitals are being overwhelmed.
“We know when hospital staff starts to get overwhelmed, that's when the death rates really go high,” he said. “This is this what happened in New York in March and April. It’s what happened in southern Europe in March and April. It’s what's happening now as we speak in the US.” Hotez said the consequences will extend beyond health.
“This is going to be very destabilizing for the country, not only in terms of health but also our economy, as well as our homeland security,” he said."
It is imperative that we all do our part to help slow the spread of this disease. If there is anyone out there reading this who still believes that this virus is not dangerous - or not "real" - I implore you to take time to understand the science and educate yourself about this illness.
Stay safe, and please, wear a mask.
Click here to read the full update on CNN.