Dr. Anthony Fauci clarified that Christmas doesn’t have to be canceled this year but people should take extra precautions at holiday gatherings as the nation reported a record 242,000 new COVID-19 cases and an all-time high of more than 114,000 hospitalizations.
On Thursday the nation reeled from the second deadliest day of the pandemic with 3,438 deaths reported, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
The country also recorded 241,620 new infections with a seven-day rolling average of 214,741 cases.
Hospitalizations also surged with more than 114,237 being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals across the country.
The grim milestone comes one day after the US shattered a record for daily COVID-19 deaths with more than 3,600 Americans dead in 24 hours on Wednesday.
Since the start of the pandemic, the US has recorded more than 17 million coronavirus infections and more than 310,000 deaths with no signs of the curve slowing down. So far, December marks the second deadliest month of the pandemic after April.
On Thursday the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee endorsed Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, all but assuring the shot will get the emergency approval by the end of the week.
The vaccine is more needed than ever as hospitalizations continue to soar and intensive care units are overwhelmed. In Southern California the intensive care unit capacity plunged to zero percent. Hospitalizations per million people are now higher in the West and Northeast than in the Midwest.
However, the threat of the pandemic doesn’t have to end all holiday festivities, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases says. Fauci advises people have ‘modified’ celebrations that avoid travel.
‘I’m not saying that everyone should cancel the family gathering, I’m saying that people will need to make individual choices,’ Fauci said to Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Reports on Thursday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci clarified that Christmas doesn’t have to be canceled this year but people should take extra precautions at holiday gatherings as the nation reported a record 242,000 new COVID-19 cases and an all time high of more than 114,000 hospitalizations
On Thursday the US reported all-time highs in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations with 241,620 infections reported and 114,237 people being treated in hospitals for the virus
The virus surges: The US has recorded more than 17 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic
As of Thursday the nation has recorded more than 310,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic
“We can’t ask people to participate in a public health measure that unquestionably is damaging to their financial solvency without coming in and trying to help them.” Dr. Anthony Fauci comments on COVID shutdowns and Christmas guidelines @BillHemmer pic.twitter.com/NDry6PSwV7
— Hemmer Reports (@HemmerReports) December 17, 2020
In other COVID-19 news today:
- The FDA’s vaccine advisory panel recommended Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for distribution and it is expected to be granted emergency use authorization on Friday
- ICU capacity in Southern California, which covers Los Angeles and San Diego, fell to 0 percent