Yeah, you are not going to find any good news here.
Courtesy of Axios:
The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week.
There isn’t one big event or sudden occurrence that explains this increase. We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus, despite losing 200,000 lives in just the past six months, and this is what that persistent failure looks like.
By the numbers: The U.S. is now averaging roughly 43,000 new cases per day, a 16% increase from a week ago.
The biggest increases are largely concentrated in the West and Midwest, though Maine and New Jersey also saw their new infections tick up over the past week.
Seven states — Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Texas, Utah and Wyoming — saw their daily infections rise by at least 60% over the past week.
Testing was up by almost 22% over the same period. The U.S. is now conducting about 860,000 coronavirus tests per day.
Health experts predict that these increases are going to continue through the fall and winter, and get even worse.
It is also worth noting that the average age of those infected has continued to drop.
Courtesy of LA Times:
The longer the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, the younger its victims get.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the median age of people with COVID-19 in the U.S. has declined over the spring and summer, with Americans in their 20s now accounting for more cases than people in any other age group.
The findings suggest that if the U.S. wants to get its coronavirus outbreak under control, it will need more cooperation from young adults.
In May, the median age of U.S. residents with COVID-19 was 46. By July, it had dropped to 37, then rose slightly to 38 in August.
Likewise, in May, people in their 20s made up 15.5% of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide. At the time, they trailed people in their 30s (who accounted for 16.9% of total cases) as well as people in their 40s and 50s (both of those age groups accounted for another 16.4% of cases).
But by June, 20-somethings had taken over the top spot, making up 20.2% of all cases. That figure rose to 23.2% in July, then dropped back to 21% in August.
One can only imagine how much larger this number will be once more schools reopen for in-person instruction.
And yet we keep blindly moving forward.