Nearly 90,000 are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 in the United States, setting a record for hospitalizations.
88,080 people – this is the highest number of Covid-19 hospitalizations the nation has ever experienced since the pandemic hit the US.
Hospital systems around the country have been warning their staffing and ICU bed capacity are being stretched thin. Pennsylvania’s top health official warned Monday the state could run out of ICU beds within a week.
This latest surge in coronavirus cases nationwide is mainly being driven by people without symptoms gathering indoors, according to Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The real driver of this epidemic now is not the public square,” Redfield said in an interview with Fox News. “It really is driven by the silent epidemic — the asymptomatic infections largely in individuals between the ages of say 12 and 35.”
Redford noted transmission patterns are now very different from those seen in the spring in major metropolitan areas because transmission this time around is occurring when people take off their masks and gather in homes.
These silent carriers spreading the virus come as US coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue surging to new heights.
As of Tuesday, at least 12.5 million had tested positive for coronavirus and more than 259,000 people have died in the US since the pandemic’s start.
Experts are now imploring people to stay home for Thanksgiving, and officials across the country are preparing new rules and other steps to help cope with the spiraling pandemic.