US Coronavirus Death Rate Spikes as New Cases Decline

New data shows that the even though there is a small decline in number of new coronavirus cases in the country, the death rate has spiked by 27 percent during the last week of July. This information was enclosed in a senior leadership brief prepared by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security, on July 31.

The report shows that there were 7,631 deaths in the week ranging from July 24 to July 30, over the previous seven days. The death rate in the document was cited at 1.7 percent during the same time.

In United States there is no central data source that provides with exact number of cases all the time, because of this the reported death rates vary. However, most estimates show that till date nearly 150,000 people have died due to coronavirus infections.

Before July 31, there were 449,482 new cases over the seven days which is a 4.1 percent decrease from the previous week. The data showed that number of cases were increasing in 9 states, had plateaued in 20 and were decreasing in 27 states.

The data also showed that 25 percent of the hospitals that were prioritized for COVID-19 care had 80 percent of their beds filled, which were just at 17 and 18 percent according to Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) data.

Other CDC data also shows that deaths have been mainly concentrated in the South and in Western states and the death total in United States can be at 180,000 by the end of August.

The former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s has also predicted that virus deaths could reach 300,000 by the end of the year.

The Trump Administration’s coronavirus coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, has said that the pandemic has reached a new stage in United States where it is spreading more widely even in rural areas.

Previously, Birx was also facing widespread criticism as reports have shown that she is the main reason ally of the idea that cases are dropping. She is also the one according to the reports that pushed for reopening of economy, which according to experts was too soon and the reason for cases spiking. Even the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that she does not have much confidence in Birx.

Even with the number of deaths on the rise, the Trump administration and the President himself are pushing for schools to reopen in the fall and for states to reopen their economies.

But economists like Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ President Neel Kashkari are saying that right now a lockdown might be the ideal solution to reopen economies quickly and safely.

His rationale is that an extended lockdown for a month right now could help government establish testing and contact tracing protocols, which might be better than the virus spreading with flare-ups and local lockdowns for the next year or two. The latter scenario is what will cause many more businesses to go bankrupt in his opinion.

On the other hand, in a latest poll by the Gallup, it was shown that the percentage of parents who say they want full-time, in-person school for their children in the fall has fallen 20 points in recent months, although more still favor it than fully remote classes.

The survey was conducted in a random sample of 1,028 parents of children in United States, with a 6 percent margin of error.

Among those who were polled, 36 percent of the parents favored resuming in-person, full-time classes in the fall, a number which was 56 percent in May and early June.

Just 28 percent say that children should only attend full -time remote classes and 36 percent say that they would prefer the combination of the two options. The poll also found out that many parents are finding remote education difficult.

Right now, the White House and the president Trump are pushing for full in-person learning in the fall. The reason they have cited for this is are the low infection and mortality rates among children.

However, critics have said that this might be detrimental to the health of adults that will come in contact with children at their homes and the teachers who will be required to teach the children in schools.

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