The U.S. Is Sleepwalking Into an Election Day Virus Surge
Cases are rising in all but nine states. Unlike the past two waves, this one has no epicenter.
This surge is different and might be best understood as three smaller types of outbreaks. You could call them the rural explosion, the swing-state surge, and the fatigue creep, writes
NEW: The US is sleepwalking into a new peak in coronavirus infection. New case counts have returned to late June levels. Hospitalizations are up 40% since a month ago. And unlike previous waves, this surge has no epicenter. Cases are rising in 41 states.
Speaking as a climate and energy reporter, I thought the biggest news of last night was that the US is surging toward record levels of coronavirus infection and the president doesn’t have a plan for it, or even seem to understand that it’s happening.
“What’s happening now might be best understood as three smaller types of outbreaks. You could call them the rural explosion, the swing-state surge, and the fatigue creep.”
The new surge in cases is almost three different waves at once: 1. An explosion of rural cases, dominated by the Great Plains and West. 2. A swing-state surge in the upper Midwest and PA. 3. A pandemic-fatigue creep in the Northeast.. and PA again.
We're not rounding the corner.
The thing about the virus is that it does not care about the debate. It does not care about red states or blue states
For months now, Donald Trump has controlled Americans’ fate during the #COVID19 pandemic. Now the disease will define the day that the country chooses his, writes
In the past week alone, as voters prepare to go to the ballot box, about one in every 1,000 Americans has tested positive for the virus, and about two in every 100,000 Americans have died of it.