U.S. COVID CASES TO ACCELERATE
A leading health expert says U.S. COVID-19 cases will begin to rapidly accelerate in a week as the country topped 60,000 new infections — triple what the daily average was back in June, when restrictions began to ease KCRA 3 News reported.
The prediction comes after several state leaders reimposed some measures to help curb the spread of the virus, fueled by small gatherings increasingly moving indoors with the colder weather, as well as other factors such as college and school reopenings. The national seven-day case average has increased at least 18% since the previous week and is now a staggering 61% higher than what it was five weeks ago. And as multiple experts have warned, things will likely get worse before they get better.
"It's going to be a difficult fall and winter," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC Monday. "I think we're about two or three weeks behind Europe — so we're about a week away from starting to enter a period where we're going to see a rapid acceleration in cases."
The difference is many European countries were able to suppress their numbers of new cases over the summer, but the U.S. entered the fall season with a relatively high baseline average of new infections — something experts warned wouldn't help in containing another surge of cases. Dr. Anthony Fauci said earlier this week European Union countries were able to bring their baseline down because of strict and stringent lockdowns, adding the U.S. did not "shut down nearly as much as our colleagues in Italy and Spain."