Coronavirus is affecting 218 countries and territories. Although COVID-19 causes only mild illness for most individuals, it may make individuals extremely sick. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. It tends to be more vulnerable to older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes).
- The United States currently has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths.
- Experts are concerned about an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases.
- Preliminary research showed that two candidate vaccines can be more than 90% effective.
COVID-19 Updates, Cases & Deaths
More than 65.6 million confirmed cases and more than 1.5 million deaths worldwide have occurred. The United States has reported 14.2 million confirmed cases. However, due to lack of evidence, the number of actual cases can be much higher. More than 277,000 people have died from the disease in the United States.
To date, COVID-19 is turning as deadly as some initially expected. The frequency of new incidents and new casualties is the largest. In Pakistan, doctors say the intensive care units are reaching capacity at many major hospitals.
Deaths from COVID-19 will Increase
The United States recorded the worst daily death toll since the pandemic began on Wednesday, with 2,760 dead. Hospital admissions on COVID-19 are also at a very high level. COVID-19-related hospital stays have exceeded 100,000, according to the Times. This is more than twice as much as it was in early November.
When hospital stays end this week, a few weeks later, the number of deaths will increase.
Clinical Trials of Vaccines
The Ministry of Defense launched the first images of a COVID-19 vaccination card and a vaccination package. Immunization cards will be the easiest way to track vaccinations. Of the 14 Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, five have reached phase III clinical trials. China has started plans to mass-produce its vaccines for COVID-19.
COVID-19 Updates | First Case
Coronavirus arrived in the United States the same month and was discovered in Wuhan
The new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December last year. The first case was in late January in the United States. However, a new study showed that coronavirus might have been present in the United States weeks earlier.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came to this conclusion after analyzing blood from US Red Cross donations collected from residents of nine states, NPR reported.
According to the study, the coronavirus could have reached the United States in the same month as identified in China, although extensive transmission probably did not occur until February.
The study authors wrote that isolated SARS-CoV-2 infections might have occurred earlier than previously thought in the western United States.