What happened to the Coronavirus? With everything else going on in our country, it seems as if Covid-19 has taken a backseat. Let’s take a look at the latest numbers:
The virus is still spreading rampantly
Florida has reported more than 1,000 new infections each day, on average, since the middle of last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That increase came as most of Florida entered a second stage of reopening on Friday.
One of the most important numbers when tracking the spread of the coronavirus is the “R value,” which represents how many people each infected person will likely infect, on average. An R value under 1 means fewer and fewer people will get infected, and the virus starts to fade away. But an R value of more than 1 means the epidemic will get worse.
Hospitalizations for Covid-19 in Florida have been flat over the past week. But it often takes days or weeks after new infections for some people to go to the hospital.
Several states are outpacing New York
While New York state has had the highest numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths in the US, four states are now outpacing New York in the numbers of new cases. California, Texas, Florida and Illinois have all had higher average numbers of daily new cases, according to a CNN analysis.
And while the number of new cases in California, Texas and Florida has generally been increasing, both Illinois and New York have seen a decrease in new cases reported.