According to the New York Times, 2,300 people in the United States have died from coronavirus. The United States has extended social distancing recommendations until April 30 as they hope to help stem the spread of the disease.

Dr. Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warned that 100,000 people or more could die from the coronavirus. “What we’re trying to do is not to let that happen,” he said, by extending the time frame of social distancing.

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He urged Americans to stay home and avoid groups of more than 10. By March 29, there were 139,000 cases in the United States of coronavirus. Testing around the country continues to become more available and the number of cases rises accordingly.

Medical staff describes hospitals lacking necessary protective equipment as cases rise everywhere in the United States. A trauma physician at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital told CNN, “We are slowly descending into chaos. We keep on drilling and preparing but it’s already taking a toll on our staff. Both emotionally and psychologically.”

Many hospitals lack equipment like protective gear and ventilators, especially stressful in a place like New York, the state with the highest number of cases. “We are losing people every day. The next few months will be painful and stress our health care system like never before,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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