2020 is nearing its end, but we are way too far from seeing the end of the pandemic that continues to engulf the whole nation and the entire globe.
With infections rising by more than a million a week, killing over 2000 people in a day and one person every 40 seconds on average, the U.S., the hardest-hit nation, is seen to be completely knee-deep in the COVID-19 constant growth. According to Johns Hopkins University, this holiday season has been especially ruthless, with more than 50,000 deaths in just the past month. As a matter of fact, post-Thanksgiving holidays, the number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths reached maximum numbers multiple times. And there seems to be no stopping to it, as the U.S. surpassed a total of 17m COVID-19 cases on Thursday-the highest in the world.
Hospitals Under Siege From COVID-19
This may be the most challenging time yet for the healthcare systems. The explosive and deadly surge in corona cases is swamping the hospitals across the country, putting a lot of strain on the already overwhelmed health care systems and providers. Flooded with the COVID-19 patients, the intensive care units are running out of beds.
How to Cope Up with The Brutal Growth of Corona Virus
Before the vaccines may hopefully end the pandemic, it will be not before spring and summer when the vaccine may be widely available. Until then, the country may continue to grapple with frequent spikes in the infection. As of now, we are faced with probably the most critical phase of this pandemic so far. That asks for a sense of personal responsibility. So, no matter how hard time people may have complying with strict safety measures, we must consistently wear masks, frequently use hand sanitizers and maintain social distance as well as follow all other necessary safety precautions. We need to turn these practices into a routine.
If 95% of Americans consistently wore masks, it could save an estimated 56,000 lives by April 1, according to the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
After the holiday season is over, a lot of workplaces will be reopening. Careful planning and execution of safety precautions would be required on the part of the employers to avoid an outbreak in the offices or at the worksites. Besides bringing in place all the mandatory safety regulations, on-site testing must be prioritized before allowing the employees entry into your workplace premises. This can greatly help reduce the spread of the highly contagious virus in the offices.