Half a million people are dead, as confirmed virus cases reach 10 million.
The global total of coronavirus deaths has exceeded 500,000, according to a New York Times database, while the number of confirmed cases has exceeded 10 million.
The gloomy markers were hit on Sunday as countries around the world struggled to prevent new infections from reaching uncontrolled levels, while trying to emerge from painful blockages.
In April, approximately a month after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic, the deaths exceeded 100,000. In early May, the number rose to 250,000.
More than a quarter of all known deaths occurred in the United States.
The number of confirmed infections – which took about 40 days to double – can be substantially underestimated, public health officials say. Data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that the real numbers in many regions are probably 10 times higher than reported.
The Times also found that the actual death toll in the United States and in more than two dozen other countries is greater than was officially reported. The limited availability of tests made it difficult to confirm that the virus was the cause of death.
In the United States, the first hot spots in the Northeast appeared, mainly in the metropolitan area of New York, but the recent increase occurred mainly in the south and west, forcing some states to withdraw from the reopening plans.
Other countries, mainly Brazil and India, are also being hit by a great wave of new infections.
And while dozens of countries that have taken initial steps to contain and track the pandemic have managed to control the virus within their borders, experts fear that tiredness with blockages and social detachment has allowed the virus to spread with renewed intensity.
Kim Victory was paralyzed in a bed and was burned alive.
Just in time, someone rescued her, but suddenly, she was transformed into an ice sculpture in a luxurious cruise ship buffet. Then she was the target of an experiment in a laboratory in Japan. So she was being attacked by cats.
Nightmare visions like these plagued Victory during his hospitalization this spring for severe respiratory failure caused by the coronavirus.
“It was so real and I was so scared,” said Victory, 31, now in Franklin, Tenn.
To a surprising degree, many coronavirus patients are reporting similar experiences. Called hospital delirium, the phenomenon had already been observed mainly in a subset of elderly patients, some of whom already had dementia and, in recent years, hospitals have adopted measures to reduce it.
The disease now affects coronavirus patients of all ages with no prior cognitive impairment. Reports from hospitals and researchers suggest that about two thirds for three bedrooms of coronavirus patients in the ICU experienced it in several ways. Some have “hyperactive delirium”, hallucinations and paranoid agitation; some have “hypoactive delirium”, internalized visions and confusion that make patients withdraw and uncommunicative; and some have both.
Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly in Houston, as well as other hot spots in the south and west. Harris County, which includes most of Houston and is one of the largest counties in the country, averages more than 1,100 new cases per day, among the most counties in any country. Just two weeks ago, Harris County was averaging about 313 new cases a day.
Measures to deal with the outbreak and plan its peak were evident over the weekend at Houston Methodist Hospital, which called on nurses to work extra shifts, brought in new lab instruments online to test thousands of samples a day and placed beds extras in a hospital. empty unit about to reopen when patients filled new coronavirus wards.
Melissa Estrada was among those being treated. She said she tried to watch out for the virus, keeping her three children at home and always wearing a mask at the supermarket.
But at the weekend, Estrada, 37, was fighting the virus in the hospital. She probably contracted the virus while attending dinner with relatives who were also cautious, she said. In a few days, all four adults and several children who were at the meeting had a positive result.
“It was very, very scary,” Estrada said of his illness. She was constantly concerned about leaving her children without a mother. “You hear and think it’s the older people or the ones who have underlying problems,” she said. And I am healthy. I don’t understand how I got so bad.
During the first virus spike in April, most patients who tested positive in the Methodist hospital system were over 50 years old. Now most are, like Miss. Estrada, relatively young.
“What I’m seeing is that they are very sick – the youngest are very sick,” said Tritico Saranathan, a nurse in charge of one of the Methodist virus wards. “They are struggling a lot with breathing problems. They are having trouble breathing, “he added,” just feeling death. “
Most rich countries are keeping the virus under control. The USA is not. Here’s why.
In today’s edition of The Morning, David Leonhardt discussed why the rise in cases in the United States is worse than in other rich countries. He writes:
At times, it may seem that the whole world is suffering from a new coronavirus outbreak. There have been cases in food markets in Beijing, nightclubs in South Korea, slaughterhouses in Britain and Germany, nail salons in Ontario and restaurants, bars and churches in the southern and western United States.
But these outbreaks are not all the same. Those in the US are of an order of magnitude higher than those in any other affluent country.
Consider this graph, which shows the number of new cases per week, adjusted by population size:
The pharmacist decides the price of the drug to treat the virus.
After weeks of donating the antiviral drug remdesivir to hospitals with critically ill patients with coronavirus, the drug’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, announced today that it has paid a price – $ 390 per bottle, which equates to approximately $ 2,340 per treatment.
The company said that the price, which will be charged in all developed countries, is well below the value of the drug. A large federal study found that remdesivir reduced recovery time in critically ill patients by an average of four days. Four days in the hospital would cost about $ 12,000 per patient, Gilead Chief Executive Daniel O’Day said in a statement released on Monday.
Gilead said it would charge more to private insurers: $ 520 per bottle or $ 3,120 for a five-day course. Since private insurers expect discounts from the list price, the list price should be higher, said O’Day. It also means that uninsured patients will receive $ 520 per bottle.
Until recently, remdesivir was the only drug shown to help critically ill Covid-19 patients. But the benefits were modest and the drug did not improve survival in these patients.
The Department of Health and Human Services said on Monday that the Trump administration has made “an incredible deal” with Gilead. The company would supply 500,000 bottles of the drug by September, enough to treat 232,000 patients. Hospitals would pay the wholesale price of $ 520 per bottle.
The last shipment of 120,000 drug treatment courses donated by Gilead is leaving today.
The new supply will be distributed to hospitals based on needs. After September, however, HHS will no longer be involved in the distribution of remdesivir.
As the virus spreads in many countries in Africa, it is threatening to drive up to 58 million people in the region into extreme poverty, say World Bank experts. In addition to the devastating consequences for the continent’s most vulnerable people, the pandemic is also affecting one of Africa’s achievements: the growth of its middle class.
In the past decade, Africa’s middle class has been instrumental in educational, political and economic development across the continent. New entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs created jobs that, in turn, also helped other people.
Educated families with technical knowledge and young people with spare money fueled the demand for consumer goods, called for democratic reforms, expanded the talent pool at all levels of society and pushed for high quality schools and health services.
About 170 million of Africa’s 1.3 billion people are now classified as middle class. However, about eight million of them could be thrown into poverty because of the coronavirus and its economic consequences, according to the World Data Lab, a research organization.
“We are working hard to build a better life,” James Gichina, a van driver, said of his colleagues in the tourism industry. Now, he said, “We have nothing.”
Leading Democratic leaders renewed calls for negotiations to start another pandemic aid package, as coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket across the country and several existing aid measures, including an almost $ 600 extended unemployment benefit, expiring without Congressional action.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of California, and Senator Chuck Schumer, of New York, criticized Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, leader of the majority, for their unwillingness to start another round of negotiations, writing in a letter to Mr. McConnell that “now is a time for action, not continuous delays and political stance”.
“As Americans struggle to make rent payments and face evictions and while our healthcare and childcare systems face unprecedented burdens, Senate Republicans are losing action in their direction,” wrote the two leaders. “We have overcome problems bigger than the COVID-19 pandemic, but not without powerful and effective actions by our government.”
While there is widespread recognition on Capitol Hill that another aid package is needed, Mr. McConnell and …