These charts show how serious this fall's Covid-19 surge is in the US
Updated 10:06 AM ET, Fri November 13, 2020
(CNN)Official Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the United States are piling up at record rates -- and daily deaths, experts fear, may soon follow.
The following charts show how the fall coronavirus wave has put the US on unprecedented ground by some metrics, and with numbers trending up, point to how the situation could get worse while the country awaits a vaccine and distribution of new treatments.
Daily case counts are reaching new highs
Daily cases were dipping as recently as September, as the nation was bouncing back from a summer surge.
But infections roared back in a way not recorded before.
Thursday brought the United States' highest one-day infection total (above 153,000) and seven-day average for new daily infections (more than 131,000) on record, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
That average is more than 3.5 times higher than it was on September 12, when it was at a post-summer surge low of 34,198.
And it's well above the summer's highest seven-day average, which was around 67,100 on July 22.