This is a brief snapshot of the status of COVID-19 in the United States. All data are derived from Worldometer.info or COVIDTracking.com.
The United States is no longer in the top 10 countries based on either deaths per million population or cases per million population (it’s #11 in both). California continues to have an increasing number of new cases diagnosed. Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Arizona all have declining numbers of new cases diagnosed. To the best of my ability to determine no state has an increasing total number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19. There’s no way for me to determine whether that’s because new cases are not severe enough to require hospitalization, people are avoiding hospitalization regardless of the severity of the disease, or physicians are treating the disease without hospitalization more effectively.
In states in which governors continue to tighten restrictions, like California and Illinois, although the new cases continue to increase, the governors continue to claim that they’re formulating their policies based on science but it remains unclear to me what science that might be. Here in Illinois, for example, although the number of cases diagnosed is increasing, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 has been stable for months and the number of new hospitalizations and total hospitalizations continues to decline, Gov. Pritzker still wants to tighten restrictions.
There continue to be battles, IMO mostly politically based, on effective treatments for the disease.
I remain highly skeptical that an effective vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 will be available by the end of 2020 and I certainly find the prospect of such a vaccine being available in substantial quantities in the next six weeks farfetched indeed.