Even though the death numbers from COVID-19 have risen significantly in recent days, there appears to finally be some light at the end of the tunnel.
On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top infectious disease expert, stated that after this week, Americans should start to see a turnaround in the coronavirus crisis, according to the Washington Examiner.
People are starting to panic because of the significant death toll numbers they are seeing this week. New York has now had three consecutive days with more than 700 deaths, and while that is bad, it is not necessarily a strong indicator of just how long the crisis will continue.
The best measure of the true trajectory of the crisis is the number of new case hospitalization, and that figure is starting to trend down.
This is not a virus that kills quickly, so people are in the hospital for weeks before passing away if they do ultimately succumb to the virus. As tragic as that is, far fewer people are being checked into hospitals as coronavirus patients, which is a sign that the pandemic may be slowing in New York.
Dr. Fauci told Fox News on Wednesday: “At the same time as we’re seeing an increase in death, like typically what we’re seeing now in New York, over the last few days, there’s been a stabilization and a decrease in the hospitalizations, admissions to intensive care, and the requirements for intubations.”
We knew this was coming
It is now, more than ever, critical that the right information reaches Americans.
The numbers being seen this week were predicted more than a week ago, as President Trump stated that the first two weeks of April were going to be very difficult.
“We predicted over the weekend that it’s going to be a bad week for deaths,” Fauci said, according to the Examiner. “But driving that and ahead of that is the fact that we’re going to start to see the beginning of a turnaround.”
The one worrisome fact that remains, however, is that earlier predictions that this virus would start to work its way across the rest of the country are proving true.
States like Pennsylvania, Maryland, and to a lesser extent, Iowa, have seen significant increases in the number of new cases in recent days.
As has been stated numerous times, continued adherence to social distancing guidelines as well as to hygiene and sanitation recommendations is critical in the battle to thwart the virus that has ravaged the globe.