The new coronavirus wave has hit almost all countries around the world with a tremendous increase in new cases of the infection and a higher number of hospitalizations. Several counties in US states alone are reporting an increase of more than one hundred and fifty percent in the diagnosis of infections.
Outside of the US, many European countries are also experiencing a surge in cases even if they had controlled the transmission levels of the virus before to a significant extent. The rise in cases is linked to the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions.
In addition, it has also been noted that the majority of people, especially young adults, are not taking the pandemic as seriously as they did before and ignoring the recommended guidelines including the most basic ones such as wearing a mask in public.
Due to this coronavirus pandemic fatigue, many are struggling to keep up with the preventive measures, which is why countries are planning to re-impose restrictions similar to those imposed in spring and during the start of summer.
As a result, there is a global increase in coronavirus cases and many health experts are stating that states such as the US are in crisis and need to take action as soon as possible.
However, it should also be noted that regardless of when the restrictions are imposed and the level of their strictness, the situation is likely to worsen even further.
Currently, many countries are experiencing exponential growth. Soon there will be a shortage of bedding in hospitals and intensive care units and it will be difficult to manage and accommodate new patients of the infection.
The worst part is that even though the rise is visible, the transmission levels are not being taken seriously by people and the virus is being transmitted rapidly in huge crowds in malls, shops, grocery stores, and more.
The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has given particular guidelines on how to arrange and attend events safely but most public events and gatherings are not following these instructions.
For instance, the motorcycle rally arranged and attended by almost half-million bikers in the state of South Dakota was held for almost ten days.
According to reports on the rally, almost three hundred and thirty new cases were associated with the event. This primarily happened because very few to none of the bikers wore masks or followed any of the other guidelines for coronavirus.
In addition, not only was the event linked to over three hundred cases but also outbreaks in the midwest.
Just like the biker rally, other upcoming events can also cause similar outbreaks in the holiday season and colder months. Family gathering on Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, can lead to a further increase in new cases of coronavirus.
It is likely that the cases will be more difficult to handle this season than it was in the winters as the hospitals will be overcrowded with coronavirus patients as well as cases of influenza.
Therefore, people need to be very careful in the last months of the year as the crisis is likely to worsen much more before improving.