After Labor Day weekend, seven Midwestern states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois – are at risk of suffering a wave of coronavirus cases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading expert on infectious diseases.
In another grim report, the death toll in the United States, which currently stands at around 189,000, could more than double to over 400,000 by January 1, according to forecasts from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. .
This isn’t even the “worst case” scenario, the IHME said. In that model, four million people would die worldwide and over 620,000 will perish in the United States from COVID-19, the researchers concluded.
Meanwhile, former Vice President and Democratic candidate Joe Biden said he has been tested for the virus and will continue to be “steady” in the two months left in the campaign before election day.
And Pac-12, one of the few university conferences still planning to hold its season, has announced plans to secure coronavirus testing that conference officials hope will make way for fall sports to start earlier than expected.
The United States now has more than 6.2 million cases of the virus and more than 189,000 COVID-related deaths, according to a tally by NBC News.
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the United States:
Crowds fill the beaches as California cooks in the heatwave of Labor Day weekend
California is choking under a dangerous heatwave over Labor Day weekend that spread triple-digit temperatures over much of the state, raising concerns about the spread of the coronavirus as crowds of people filled beaches and mountains for relief, he reports. NBC Los Angeles.
Parking lots for San Diego and Orange County beaches filled up at noon, and lifeguards reported seeing large crowds.
“Very busy conditions, the beaches are crowded wall to wall,” the cap said. Brad Herzog of Orange County Lifeguards.
“Holiday weekends are very busy on our beaches, but we’re probably a couple of notches busier due to the heatwave,” he said.
Health authorities have warned that the beaches could be closed if they become too crowded.
Campgrounds in the famous San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles were also full and rangers were on the force for “marshmallow patrols,” particularly closely watching campfires and barbecues outside designated sites that pose a potential risk of fire. They were also worried that the wave of people might overwhelm the mountain roads.
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Drug makers try to reassure the public about the coronavirus vaccine as concerns over political pressure grow
A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers competing to bring a coronavirus vaccine to market plans to release a public statement next week stating that they will not seek government approval until enough data has been gathered to ensure that the drugs are safe and effective, CNBC confirmed Saturday.
A first draft of the joint statement promises to prioritize the safety of vaccinated people, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported plans to issue a statement. Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna are expected to participate in the promise, the Journal reported. CNBC confirmed that Sanofi also plans to attend.
The promise comes as scientists and public health specialists express concern that the Trump administration is lobbying regulators, particularly the Food and Drug Administration, to authorize a vaccine ahead of the November 3 presidential election.
“We believe this commitment will help ensure public confidence in Covid-19 vaccines that may eventually be approved and adherence to the rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which they are evaluated,” says a draft of the statement, according to the Journal.
The Journal added that the statement says companies will only seek an emergency use authorization or government license based on “substantial evidence of safety and efficacy” from phase three clinical trials. However, top U.S. health officials, including FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently said a phase three study may have ended early if a vaccine quickly provided strong evidence.
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The ebb and flow of new coronavirus cases and deaths
The charts below illustrate the distribution of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the U.S. While New York accounted for the lion’s share of new cases and deaths in March and April, its number decreased in May as some states increased. . Hover or tap to see new daily cases and deaths across the country. The states with more are sorted from top to bottom.