And as the virus spreads across communities across the United States, experts warn that the coming weeks could be catastrophic and the death toll from the epidemic will continue to rise.
As of Dec. 18, more than 2,300 Americans could die daily, according to the National University of Washington Institute and Health Assessment (IHME).
“We expect daily deaths to reach more than 2,500 people per day by mid-January,” the IHME modeling team wrote on Thursday.
The group has also significantly raised its Covid-19 death toll, now estimated at 471,000 Americans on March 1 – up more than 30,000 since their last estimate about a week ago.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday night, “Sometimes it can be very frustrating because we know what works.”
Those simple measures can save lives. According to the IHME team, 65,000 lives could have been saved on March 1 if 95% of Americans had been bitten.
Doctors, nurses, and hospitals ask people to celebrate responsibly.
“The sudden increase that is taking place is resulting in the spread of communities and uncontrolled infections that have already overused the health system in some areas and will eventually consume the capabilities of our health care system and possibly reduce the availability of care in many places in our country.”
“What is dangerous is the increased chance of your loved one getting sick and then going to the hospital and dying on holiday,” said Dr. Henry Walke, event manager for Covid-19 for the CDC.
And with the recent CDC estimating that at least 40% of infections are asymptomatic, authorities are concerned that people could carry the infection with them on holiday without realizing it and put other family members at risk.
“I haven’t seen my parents since January,” Walke said. “I stay home, and I have grandparents who want to see me and who want to see my children.”
In recent weeks, similar messages have been voiced by both health experts and government officials.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warns that if the townspeople are planning a Thanksgiving holiday similar to the one before, “you are doing it wrong.” In Utah, where overcrowding and about 45 ICU beds are still vacant, the governor recommended that only members of the same family gather for a rest.
There are many prohibition measures, measures to prevent the spread
The governor said unnecessary work and rallies would have to be stopped between 10 pm and 5 am, adding that the additional order would take effect for a month.
Nationwide bans are still in effect in Ohio, where Gov. Mike DeWine has made it clear that police will not pull people out if they see them driving at night.
“We should assume they have a valid reason to leave,” said the governor. “On the other hand, if a large number of people gather somewhere, and the police find that … they may pull and say, ‘Well, it’ s past ten o’clock, you must go home. ‘”
In Arkansas, the governor announced the closure of 11 pm for all businesses that are licensed to sell and allow alcohol in certain locations.
CNN’s Maggie Fox, Jamiel Lynch and Rebekah Riess contributed to the report.