Updated on 10th November, WHO statistics for coronavirus cases in the USA are staggering. Confirmed cases reached 10,460,365 with 193,734 cases in the previous 24 hours. To that date there had been 241,186 deaths, 1,142 in the previous 24 hours.
“The virus is spreading in a largely uncontrolled fashion across the vast majority of the country,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease expert at Vanderbilt University.
There are changes pending in the White House, with President-elect Joe Biden vowing to rely on a highly respected set of medical advisers and carry out a detailed coronavirus plan that experts say includes the kind of measures that will be necessary to bring the surge under control.
Meanwhile, the next two months will see a lame-duck Congress and a president who might be even less inclined than before to enact disease-control measures.
The short-term outlook is grim, with colder weather and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s ahead. Generations of family members gathering indoors for meals for extended periods will only increase the community’s vulnerability to infection.
Other factors that have contributed to the spread of the virus in recent weeks have been big street celebrations and protests over the presidential election. Even an upset victory by Notre Dame’s football team sent thousands of students swarming onto the field, many without masks.
Downplaying the severity of the sickness by community leaders with frequent references to mild ‘flu-like’ symptoms, lack of symptoms or rapid recovery may have discouraged simple distancing measures or the wearing of face masks.
‘Flu-like?, here’s just a few comments from victims who have described a very different experience
“It feels like an alien has taken over your body. It doesn’t feel like anything you’ve ever had.”
“You don’t know if you’re going to live or die, there’s a merry-go-round of symptoms – one minute it’s pain in kidneys, then stomach, there’s also lung issues and shortness of breath,
That night, I went from having what felt like a head cold to high fever, the worst body aches I’ve ever had, It felt like I was in a horrible car accident, I couldn’t move …”
“The fever went away on the seventh or eighth day, but by then, the virus had extended to my lungs, and I started developing pneumonia, there was fluid in my lungs, and I was coughing blood. It freaked me out.”
“The pain was just excruciating. My joints just felt like they were on fire! That, combined with the pounding headache and just the pure lethargy. I couldn’t roll over, the pain was too much to roll.”
The pandemic has left an indelible mark on Americans of all ages and from all walks of life. Unfortunately no statistics, no matter how extreme they may be, can ever reveal the real human tragedy. These victims have come from all backgrounds and include the very people — first responders and medical staff — who have been working so diligently and selflessly to care for the sick.
Thanks to abcnews.go.com here’s a brief look at some of those who have died; not celebrities but real people:
- Wogene Debele gave birth to a baby boy while battling the coronavirus.
- The Rev. Rufus McClendon Jr., a pastor at the First-Park Baptist Church in New Jersey.
- Gary Walker, 53, a police officer in Bloomingdale, New Jersey for 20 years.
- Thomas Ward, 60, a mechanics supervisor with New York City’s Fire Department
- Skylar Herbert died at the age of 5, becoming Michigan’s youngest victim
- Chris Mondal, 30, a public school teacher in the Bronx in New York City
- Reno Boffice, principal of the Palm Beach Maritime Academy in Florida
- Anthony Causi, 48, a longtime photographer for The New York Post,
- Harold Davis, 63, a radio host and an anti-violence activist who worked with at-risk teenagers in Chicago
- Cody Lyster a 21-year-old student at Colorado Mesa University
- Prea Nakieshore, 34, worked in the emergency department at a hospital in New York,
- Detroit Fire Capt. Franklin Williams, 58, spent 32 years with the department.
- Peter Armatis, 54, a coach and board member of the Fredericksburg Football Club in Virginia,
- Ben Luderer, 30, a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the Cliffside Park School
- Three members of an Ohio family — Judith Conkey, her husband Lewis Conkey and their son David Conkey — all died from coronavirus.
- Dr. James Goodrich a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon
- Janice Preschel, 60, the founder of the Helping Hands Food Pantry that fed countless families for more than a decade,
- Michael Lang, an 18-year-old from Illinois, a freshman at the University of Dayton.
- Jeannette Williams-Parker, 48, was a nurse with WVU Medicine in West Virginia.
- Choua Lee Yang the CEO of Minnesota’s Prairie Seeds Academy. The 53-year-old founded the Hmong charter school
- Lonnie Norman, mayor of Manchester, Tennessee, the city’s first black mayor
- Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, a specialist in infectious diseases and healthcare epidemiology
- Mac Hodges, the mayor of Washington, North Carolina
This article has been compiled from multiple sources as an editorial from the Royal Coast Review.