- The US surpassed 13 million COVID-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
- The country surpassed 12 million COVID-19 cases just 6 days ago.
- One report predicted that the US could see as many as 1 million COVID-19 cases a day.
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The United States surpassed 13 million coronavirus cases on Friday, just six days after it hit 12 million cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The US surpassed 12 million cases on November 21, and only a week before that it hit 11 million cases.
Public health experts have warned that this could be the deadliest wave the US has seen as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.
Earlier this month, a report from Pantheon Macroeconomics estimated that the US could see 1 million daily coronavirus cases by the end of the year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that most cases are spread by people who show no symptoms.
People “who feel well and may be unaware of their infectiousness to others” probably account for over 50% of COVID-19 transmissions, the CDC said in a science update last week.
Health experts are also worried that Thanksgiving could be a super spreading holiday, with people traveling to see family and friends while carrying the virus.
On Thursday, the COVID-19 Tracking Project reported 125,000 new coronavirus cases, however, 20 states and territories didn’t provide a report when the data was collected.
“Right now, as we’re seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time,” Dr. Henry Walke, the COVID-19 incident manager at the CDC, told reporters on November 19.
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