It’s too early to say that the coronavirus is no longer a threat.
As more US States lift restrictions related to the spread of COVID-19, Johns Hopkins University reports that at least 20 states have seen an increase in the number of new infections over the past two weeks. The virus is still not ready to go, according to public health authorities.
According to the Associated Press, last Monday in 21 States, the average number of new infections per capita over the past seven days was higher than the average for the previous period.
A representative of the Kaiser Foundation, Joshua Michaud, says that it is not necessary, to sum up such jumps under the common denominator. He calls the increase in the number of cases “microepidemias,” each of which is caused by different causes.
In some cases, increased testing leads to an increase in the number of infected people. In other cases, there are local outbreaks that negatively affect the overall statistics. However, experts believe that at least some of these outbreaks are related to the gradual lifting of restrictions previously imposed by the authorities to contain the spread of the virus.
The most significant increase is observed in Arizona and Texas, where the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is now a record. The North Carolina Governor said that the recent rise in infections has forced him to reconsider his plan to open schools and businesses.
In northeastern Massachusetts, where there was a steady decline in infections during May, there has been a sharp jump in the past two weeks. Harvard University epidemiologist William Hanage warns that although regions such as the North-East of the US have passed the first wave, this “does not mean that it is over.”
Experts are monitoring what will happen next week, after nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd.