Melissa Leaston, director of nursing at Whittier Street Health Center, wipes Steve Rose of Boston at a COVID testing site in Nubian Square on October 15, 2020 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
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The United States reported more than 69,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily number the nation has reported since late July.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US has reported more than 8 million Covid-19 cases and at least 218,600 deaths since the pandemic began.
The surge in coronavirus cases is due to infectious disease experts warning the US of a "significant third wave" of infections, compounded this winter by the spread of seasonal influenza, which causes many symptoms similar to coronavirus .
As colder temperatures set in in the northern hemisphere, more people will spend time indoors and likely not follow public health guidelines, putting the cornoavirus at higher risk for the spread of the cornoavirus compared to outdoor activities. Dr. William Schaffner, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University, said.
In the US, an average of 55,000 new coronavirus cases are reported daily based on a weekly average to smooth the reporting. This corresponds to an increase of more than 16% compared to a week. This is evident from a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins data. New cases increased 5% or more in 38 states as the number of infections continues to rise in the Midwest.
"We need to pay more attention to this. We seem to forget that we are making progress, that we are better, and then we let go and go back," said Dr. Carlos del Rio, professor at Emory University's medical school specializing in infectious diseases, told CNBC on Friday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has been warning for weeks that the daily number of new cases will remain "unacceptably high" through the end of the year. However, it is not too late to "vigorously apply" recommended public health measures such as: B. wearing a mask and keeping a physical distance from others, Fauci told Johns Hopkins University on Thursday.
When the US fell from its first peak in April, the number of new coronavirus cases "stuck" around 20,000 a day, Fauci said. Ideally, the US would have reported fewer than 10,000 cases each day, he said.
Then the falls reappeared. The number of new Covid-19 cases every day rose to nearly 70,000 cases a day before subsiding again. However, since then, new cases have ranged between 40,000 and 50,000 cases per day.
"You cannot enter the cool months of autumn and cold months of winter with a high infection base in the community," said Fauci. He added that the rate of positivity, or the percentage of tests that are positive, is "going in the wrong direction" in more than 30 states.
– CNBC's Will Feuer and Nate Rattner contributed to this report.