With seventeen states of the US reporting more cases than the past week, it is being said that US has entered the third and the most severe wave of Corona. The average cases in the country has risen by about 25% since October 1 with average cases being more than 50,000 being reported per day.
With lockdown measures being lifted, residents feeling fatigued by safety measures, it is being termed by the experts that the third major wave of infections could wind up being the largest.
“If the rates never get that low, and basic public-health measures are not universally adopted, and then you bring people indoors to share a meal together, you’re kind of putting together the perfect storm,” Ingrid Katz, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, told Business Insider. “Unfortunately this was completely anticipated.”
Indeed, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicted in August that more than 20 states would need to reimpose lockdown measures before December, including closing nonessential businesses and reinstating stay-at-home orders. Their model predicted at least 175,000 more people in the US could die from now through February 1. That would make this third wave the deadliest yet.
During the first wave in the spring, US cases were concentrated in the Northeast. By the second wave this summer, cases had migrated to the South and Sunbelt. Now cases are concentrated in the Midwest, but the virus is more widespread than ever before — it’s had 10 months to spread, after all.