Although we are in the beginning of a New Year, the pandemic is sweeping across the states. Vaccines are being disbursed to health workers, so there is some light at the end of the tunnel. As per Johns Hopkins Data the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is over 20 million and the number of deaths is 351,000.
Coronavirus in December
December was the worst month so far with grim statistics. One American died almost every 35 seconds. There were 77,572 deaths. There was an increase in deaths in 30 states across the nation. The new cases tally reached 6,360,221. It was 1.6 million higher than November. Coincidentally November’s cases ere double of those in October.
Due to the holiday season many testing labs and data reporting centers were also closed for a few days and these December results will spill over to January. Infectious diseases expert Dr. Fauci has cautioned people to stay safe and social distance as the number of cases and deaths in January could be higher than the December.
Coronavirus outbreak in hospital linked to Inflatable Costume
An inflatable costume, worn by an individual at a Christmas party in a hospital in California, may be linked to a coronavirus outbreak where 44 staff members have been infected. Irene Chavez, a spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center told the New York Times that the costume had remained inflated using a small fan. She said that air-powered costumes have been banned.
In a statement she said that if there was any exposure, it would have been totally innocent and accidental as the individual had no COVID-19 symptoms and was trying to lift spirit, during a stressful time.