The United States is seeing increases in new infections across the country. Both the left and the right are using “pandemic fatigue” to bolster their arguments.
- The number of new cases in the United States is the highest since July, with only two states seeing decreases of new infections.
- Unlike the original outbreak in the spring, this swell in cases is spread across the country, rather than in pockets.
- According to data compiled by The Washington Post, twenty states have recently reported record weekly average new infections.
- Since infection rates are high and spread across the country, it is likely to be worse than April-May. Causing increase in hospitalizations, with some states having “nearly run out of hospital beds.”
- The substantial uptick in new cases is causing states to implement new restrictions, and prompting additional warnings from infectious disease experts for the upcoming holiday season.
- The rash of new cases and concerns for a major outbreak come as Pfizer closed the door on the likelihood of a vaccine before the election.
- The New York Times ascribes the sharp increase in coronavirus cases to “pandemic fatigue”, saying “a rising sense of apathy” is combining with the new caseloads to create a “dangerous” situation where the increases are occurring.
- Politico framed the race for a vaccine falling short of a pre-election deadline a “self-inflicted defeat” for President Trump, while Mother Jones writes the Trump White House is “wholly uncommitted” to handling the coronavirus pandemic.
- In an interview with conservative outlet The Federalist, Doctors William Briggs and Jay Richard contend that in a historical context, the coronavirus is “unremarkable” and that lockdowns have had “no effect to help flatten” the curve.
- At a campaign rally with President Trump, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson said “People are learning to live with Covid”, giving voice to the “pandemic fatigue” described by the New York Times.
- President Trump has blamed “politics” at the Federal Drug Administration for slowing down progress and approval of a vaccine.
© Dallas Gerber, 2020