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The Latest Numbers
As of Saturday, the US has now seen over 2.4 million Covid cases and more than 122,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s an increase of about 1% from the day before. The number of hospitalizations also continues to rise, with more than 62,000 people currently hospitalized.
The U.S. on Wednesday reported 63,842 new cases of the coronavirus, down from a record daily high of 77,362 new cases a day earlier, according to a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data.
The latest numbers come as the country faces a worsening outbreak that has forced hospitals in several states to ration care and led the U.S. death toll to surpass 250,000.
The nation’s seven-day average for new cases stands at 68,771, up from 63,779 Tuesday and just shy of the record high of 69,107 set Wednesday last week. The seven-day rolling average for deaths stands at 1,305, up from 1,292 Tuesday but well below the peak of 2,207 set in mid-April.
The figures come as a panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the pandemic is far from over and urged countries to remain vigilant even as they roll out vaccines.
“Just because you have a vaccine doesn’t mean that this pandemic is over,” said Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program. “We still have a long way to go.”
Actual deaths are likely higher than what is being reported. The World Health Organization says that for every reported death, there are usually 10-20 people who died from the virus but were never tested or identified as having Covid-19.
The Impact on Businesses
Since the pandemic started, many businesses have been struggling. Some have had to close their doors for good, while others have adapted and found new ways to continue operating. The pandemic has changed the way we do business, and it’s likely that some of these changes will be permanent. Let’s take a look at how businesses have been affected by the pandemic.
Since the start of the pandemic, small businesses have been among the hardest hit, with many struggling to stay afloat. According to a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research, nearly 60% of small businesses that closed during the pandemic did so permanently.
The pandemic has also disproportionately impacted minority-owned businesses. A study from the Federal Reserve found that black-owned businesses were more than twice as likely as white-owned businesses to have closed permanently by April 2020.
The impact of the pandemic on small businesses is likely to have long-lasting effects on the economy. Small businesses are major drivers of job growth, and their closure can lead to increased unemployment and underemployment. In addition, when small businesses close, it can lead to a loss of revenue for local governments and an increase in blighted properties.
The pandemic has forced many large businesses to change the way they operate. Some have had to temporarily close their doors, while others have had to drastically change their day-to-day operations. Here are some of the biggest changes that large businesses have had to make in the wake of the pandemic.
1. Many large businesses have had to close their doors temporarily. This includes stores, restaurants, and other businesses that rely on foot traffic.
2. Businesses that are still open have had to change the way they operate. This includes changes such as increased cleaning, social distancing, and limiting capacity.
3. Some businesses have switched to online or delivery only. This includes businesses that otherwise rely on in-person interactions, such as retailers and restaurants.
4. Many businesses have had to lay off employees or reduce hours. This is due to a combination of reduced demand and increased costs associated with operating during the pandemic.
5. Some businesses have been able to adapt their operations and actually thrive during the pandemic. This includes businesses that provide essential goods and services or that are able to take advantage of increased demand for certain products or services
The Impact on Education
It’s been a year since the pandemic started and schools are still struggling to adapt. Teachers are teaching remotely, which is not ideal. There are also worries about the long-term effects on children’s education. What will the pandemic mean for the future of education?
The United States has closed schools nationwide in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has forced colleges and universities across the U.S. to make the switch to remote learning, a decision that has had a profound impact on both students and faculty members.
The shift to online instruction has been challenging for many students, who are struggling to adjust to a new learning environment. In addition, the outbreak has disrupted campus life, forcing students to leave their dormitories and go home.
For faculty members, the transition to online teaching has been difficult as well. Many professors are not familiar with online learning platforms and are having to learn new technologies in order to deliver their course material. In addition, the outbreak has forced many faculty members to cancel or postpone research projects.
The impact of the coronavirus on higher education is likely to be long-lasting. The virus has exposed the shortcomings of many universities’ online learning platforms and highlighted the need for more investment in digital infrastructure. In addition, the outbreak is likely to have a financial impact on universities, as they lose revenue from tuition and housing payments.
The Impact on Everyday Life
The outbreak of Covid-19 has changed the way we live. Handwashing has become a part of our daily routine, we’re wearing masks when we go outside, and we’re avoiding close contact with others. While these changes may seem small, they’re having a big impact on our lives.
The debate over whether healthy people should wear masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is dividing the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that all Americans wear a face covering when they go out in public, regardless of whether they have symptoms of the virus. The change in guidance came as studies showed that people who were infected with the coronavirus but didn’t have any symptoms could still spread the virus to others.
Masks are most effective when people use them properly, which includes making sure the mask fits snugly over their nose and mouth and washing their hands before putting on and taking off the mask.
While some people may find wearing a mask inconvenient or uncomfortable, it’s important to remember that masks are one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
When the coronavirus pandemic upended life in the United States, officials turned to a tried-and-true strategy for slowing the spread of disease: social distancing.
The concept is simple: By keeping people apart, you can prevent them from passing infections to one another.
But social distancing is not easy. It requires people to change long-standing habits and makes everyday activities, from going to work to going to the grocery store, more difficult.
Still, experts say social distancing is one of the most effective tools we have for slowing the spread of disease. And as the pandemic continues to surge in many parts of the country, it is likely that people will need to continue practicing social distancing for some time to come.
Here’s what you need to know about social distancing and how it can help protect you and your community from the coronavirus.