As the coronavirus estimates from July 4 weekend come in and cases continue to rise, doctors are warning people about the effects of the virus. Many photos from the long weekend showed large parties and gatherings directly in violation of health experts’ warnings.
“We are in free fall,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. “You see the footage of what happened this past weekend. And people are either naive to the influence of their actions, or they’re simply resigned to ignore it.” The contagious nature of the virus makes it especially dangerous, as a single infected person can infect many others.
“We know of the 50,000 cases this past day — a single day of this (holiday) weekend,” Walensky said. “If they’re young people, it could be 500 people who die from that. If they’re older people, it could be 7,500 people who die from that — just from a single day of infection.” According to Walensky, “even if a person does not get harmed individually, they have the potential to infect two to three other people who will be harmed by this infection. So there’s a lot of harm that could be done.”
Almost 3 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus and over 129,000 have died. Rates of infection are going up in 32 states.
“Let’s remember there are 300 million people in this country who remain susceptible and have been uninfected so far, and this virus is far from running out of people to infect,” Walensky said. “And until we change our behavior to prevent these infections, the infections are going to continue to soar.”
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