The number of coronavirus infections is rising worldwide despite countries' best efforts to contain the virus. As of time of writing, more than 1,026,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 globally, with the death toll soaring past 53,000. This includes over 6,000 killed in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University at time of writing. The United States has recorded its highest one-day death toll till date as the uphill battle against COVID-19 continues on.
As you might already know, the majority of the US deaths linked to COVID-19 happened in the New York area, the epicenter of the rapidly spreading coronavirus in the United States.
According to the New York Times, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo shared that the state of New York is in danger of running out of its stockpile of ‘critically needed ventilators' in less than a week's time. While the state had already delivered 400 ventilators from its stockpile to hard-hit hospitals in New York City and another 200 to hospitals in Westchester and Long Island, procuring these medical equipment has been fraught with challenge.
Many states in the US as well as countries around the world are all scrambling to obtain these highly sought after equipment as the pandemic continues to send people in droves into hospital. The situation has gotten so bad that hospitals have resorted to split ventilators by connecting two severely-ill patients to machines that are intended for one. We can only hope that companies that have been ordered to ramp up production of ventilators as well as personal protection equipment like face masks, hospital gowns and gloves under the Defense Production Act will be able to do so as quickly as possible.
On another distressing note, in addition to ventilators and protective gear, states across the country are warning that critical medicines are in scarily short supply. These medications include essential drugs that keep COVID-19 patients' airways open, sedatives, antivirals and antibiotics. Delta Air Lines has just announced that its subsidiary, Delta Flight Products will manufacture face shields to help protect healthcare workers at the frontline of this tough battle.
Approximately 85 percent of Americans are currently under some form of stay-at-home order, though President Trump has no plans to invoke a national stay-at-home order at this time despite the alarming spread of COVID-19 even when mitigation efforts are being made.
As the world reels from the impact brought about by COVID-19, it's heartbreaking to know that record numbers of people in the US have lost their jobs at an unprecedented rate. In case you haven't heard, the Labor Department has reported the loss of 10 million US jobs in a short span of merely two weeks. Needless to say, Wall Street has also taken a huge hit since COVID-19 began its spread with a vengeance globally and caused economies worldwide to tumble.
Grim White House projections show COVID-19 is expected to kill around 100,000 to 240,000 people in the country. Authorities are pleading with Americans to do their part and adhere strictly to social distancing guidelines in slowing the spread of COVID-19. There have been cases where people have been tested positive for COVID-19 even though they were/are asymptomatic.