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Coronavirus: 21st Century Pandemic – By the Numbers

UPDATE: Nov. 21, 2020

Significant Pandemic Developments This Week

 

  • US suffers one Covid death every minute as global cases near 60m.

    In the US, 1,448 people died on Friday according to Johns Hopkins University – the equivalent of one American death every minute.  

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended against traveling for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as cases continue to surge nationwide. Officials said they are alarmed by the dramatic spread, with 1 million new cases reported in the past week.
  • 1,445 Americans have died from COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, according to Worldometer, who analyze, validate, and aggregates data from thousands of sources in real time and from around the world.
  • With Thanksgiving a week away and coronavirus cases exploding nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended against traveling or gathering for the holiday, urging Americans to consider celebrating in their own households instead.
  • Meanwhile, Americans are once again lining up for hours for coronavirus tests and waiting days to get the results. The situation is probably only going to worsen as people try to get tested ahead of Thanksgiving gatherings.

In CDC’s first news briefing in months, officials said they were alarmed to see 1 million new cases reported across the United States within the past week. As the nation’s death toll since the start of the pandemic exceeds 250,000, officials spoke of the risks in stark terms, warning that as friends and relatives get together over the holidays, they could inadvertently bring the coronavirus with them. Tragedy could follow, they said.

“At the individual household level, what’s at stake is basically the increased chance of one of your loved ones becoming sick and then being hospitalized and dying,” said Henry Walke, the CDC’s covid-19 incident manager.


Related COVID-19 developments

  • Dozens of public health experts signed a letter urging the administration to work with President-elect Joe Biden on a transition of power, warning that Trump’s refusal “places American lives at risk.”
  • All 1.1 million public school students in New York City will return to remote learning on Thursday. New restrictions have also been announced in Minnesota, Kentucky and Kansas.
  • Pfizer intends to seek emergency authorization for its experimental coronavirus vaccine within days, though widespread availability is not expected before next year.
  • Infectious-disease experts estimate that more than 3 million people in the United States are infected with the coronavirus, the equivalent of about 1 percent of the population or the total number of public school teachers in the country.

Hospitals stretched beyond means

Staffing in U.S. hospitals, particularly among nurses, has reflected a patchwork of local shortages in recent years, with a ready reserve of traveling and per-diem personnel deployed in response to sudden demand — a flu outbreak here, a hurricane there, a strike elsewhere.

But now, the once-in-a-century pandemic is exposing the liabilities of this just-in-time, cost-conscious approach at some hospitals, chronic staff shortages in others and the toll of the pandemic on an exhausted workforce.

Global COVID-19 cases near 5 mn: Johns Hopkins

In this fall surge of infections, supplies and equipment for patients and protective gear for health-care workers are not as scarce as they were early in the pandemic, though sporadic shortages still exist, especially in some rural areas.

Last year, a little more than 47,000 registered nurses worked temporary jobs, and 17,000 licensed practical nurses did the same, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is a small fraction of the 3.7 million nurses from both categories who were employed last year.

The health-care system last year spent $6.1 billion on travel nurses, a figure that will rise by at least 10 percent this year, said Barry Asin, president of Staffing Industry Analysts, a research firm that specializes in health-care staffing. While covid-related hiring of supplemental health-care workers is skyrocketing, employment of other health-care workers is down sharply because of the cancellation of elective procedures and other care, Asin said.

The impact on patients in the current coronavirus surge has yet to be determined, but everyone is fearful. Overstretched staffs cannot give patients the attention they typically receive under normal conditions, whether they are in the emergency room, intensive care or the covid-19 wards that make up ever-larger portions of hospitals amid the crisis.

There is little independent research on the impact temporary nurses have on the quality of care. A 2012 study of a single hospital found they had neither a positive nor negative effect on patient outcomes.

Only one state, California, mandates staff-to-patient ratios. Standards are written into some union contracts. But in many places, it is up to nurses to speak up when they feel conditions are unsafe, which can endanger their jobs, said Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United, a nurses labor union.

In the current circumstances, some nurses feel as if they are just trying to survive the onslaught.

“We are just completely overrun,” said Rachel Heintz, who works in the emergency department at CHI St. Alexius with McKamey. Both are stewards for the labor union.

Hospital President Kurt R. Schley said there are vacancies in the emergency department and acknowledged that the surge has created “an additional strain to a well-recognized nursing shortage in our community and the region.”


Hawaii Re-Opens Amid National Pandemic Surge

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The state has reopened to tourism and allowed incoming travelers from out of state who have tested negative for the coronavirus to avoid quarantine as of Nov. first.  Gov. David Ige previously acknowledged that the state’s partners in a COVID-19 testing program for trans-Pacific travelers won’t test children younger than 12.   Ige said untested children of families who arrive in Hawaii will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, even if their parents arrive with a negative test.

 “We are focused on enabling more trans-Pacific travelers to come,” Ige said. “It won’t be the ideal situation. It’s not going to be accessible to everybody who wants to travel.”

Ige said he’s not ready to lift the 14-day interisland travel quarantine.  However, the state’s so-called quarantine measures are limited by totally inadequate testing and enforcement resources. Beyond a few Oahu hotels working with DOH, it’s strictly an honor system, and people don’t fly to Hawaii for vacation only to stay inside their rooms for two weeks.

Right Time to Reboot Tourism?

Hawaii appears ready to fall into the same pattern seen elsewhere around the world, but with one significant difference. As we open up for business during the middle of a global pandemic, cases and deaths will skyrocket, but unlike the mainland, Hawaii’s woefully lacking medical infrastructure will collapse under the weight of escalating hospitalizations — worst yet, the state’s population living on outer islands will be hardest hit, already facing a chronic shortage of doctors and inadequate medical care.

Hawaii Pandemic death toll reaches 120, case count nears 11,500, 735 cases require hospitalization.

 


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COVID-19 Impact on the United States

    

  • COVID 19 Case Total exceeds 12 million and climbing / U.S. Deaths surpasses 257,000, as of November 19, 2020, according to the Worldometer data tracker,
  •  The number — far higher than any other nation’s — exceeded the number of U.S. lives lost to the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks combined.

Covid 19 Deaths

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The United States has now suffered 19% of the world’s deaths from Covid-19, despite accounting for only 4% of the world’s population. 

 



COVID-19 Impact on the World

 

Global coronavirus case count exceeds 57 million and COVID-19 deaths now exceed 1.3 million people worldwide.

 

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BeyondKona continues to monitor and report on the COVID-19 pandemic, sourcing information from the most reliable and available data sources. 

3 replies
  1. Josephine Keliipio
    Josephine Keliipio says:

    Notice how CDC has no advice about taking natural remedies?
    No advice about protecting your immune system?
    And what about those who have recovered from it? No news either!.

    Reply

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