With just days until the Thanksgiving holiday, coronavirus cases are rising across the US at staggering rates.
The US yesterday topped 12 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began — and more than 3 million of those cases have been in November alone, and the month is more than a week from being over.
If you're reading in now, here the latest on the pandemic in the US:
- Shattering Covid-19 records: At least 83,227 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized Saturday, according to the Covid Tracking Project. That's the 12th straight day that the US has broken its record for Covid-19 hospitalizations. Meanwhile, today marked the country's 20th straight day of more than 100,000 new cases reported, according to Johns Hopkins. And more new infections mean more new hospitalizations and deaths in the weeks ahead.
- About Thanksgiving this year: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week urged against Thanksgiving holiday travel. The nation's top health experts are urging Americans to alter their holiday plans this year, too: White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said Americans should limit indoor gatherings to immediate households this Thanksgiving. And Dr. Anthony Fauci said he'll be having a Thanksgiving Zoom call with his three daughters.
- The vaccine timeline: Moncef Slaoui, the head of the US government's effort to develop a vaccine against Covid-19, said the first Americans to receive a vaccine — if all things go according to plan — could be as early as the second week of December. However, Slaoui also said that based on plans, the amount of the population who need to be vaccinated for life to return to normal is likely to happen in May.