COVID-19 in the US: Testing 0.3% of the population, 1 in 10 people infected

Medical students studying homeless temperatures are gathered in a parking lot in Las Vegas City, Nevada (USA) on March 30. Photo: REUTERS
Medical students studying homeless temperatures are gathered in a parking lot in Las Vegas City, Nevada (USA) on March 30. Photo: REUTERS

At this point, the US has only tested for COVID-19 for more than 1 million people, less than 0.3% of the population, and has been infected with 164,359 people.

As of 6 am 31-1 (local time), the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the US has reached 3,173, out of 164,359 cases – the highest number in the world.

The number of infections is likely to increase as the US expands further.

At this point, the United States has only tested more than 1 million people, according to US President Donald Trump in a press conference on COVID-19 on March 30, equivalent to less than 0.3% of the population. Percentage of tests performed per capita in the US is not yet equal to Italy and South Korea.

With more than 1 million people tested and 164,359 positive, it can be seen that on average, one in 10 people tested for COVID-19 infection.

In New York state – US hot spot CIVID-19 – on March 30, people standing on the banks of the Hudson River welcomed the US Navy’s USNS Comfort hospital ship into the harbor of Manhattan. There are a number of small boats and support aircraft. Taking the ship at Manhattan jetty is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

COVID-19 test sample for people right from the car, in Seattle, Washington (USA). Photo: REUTERS
COVID-19 test sample for people right from the car, in Seattle, Washington (USA). Photo: REUTERS

The USNS hospital ship will treat COVID-19-infected patients, in order to reduce the load on inland hospitals to make room for COVID-19 patients.

Hospitals in New York City in recent days have been overloaded in terms of facilities, medical equipment and personnel, because COVID-19 patients are overcrowded. The government has called on retired medical workers to return to work.

On March 30, New York City built a 68-bed field hospital in downtown Manhattan, where ordinary people still go to the gym, or picnic. This hospital will start accepting patients from March 31 (US time).

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said state government could close entertainment venues in New York City, implement social spacing, slow down the spread.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom said the number of hospitalized patients nearly doubled in the past four days, and the number of patients who needed ventilators had tripled. California also urged retired retired health workers to return to work.

USNS Comfort hospital ship enters New York (USA) on March 30. Photo: REUTERS
USNS Comfort hospital ship enters New York (USA) on March 30. Photo: REUTERS

In New Orleans (Lousianna state), a field hospital was also set up on March 30 – right where thousands of people gathered to avoid Katrina in 2005.

US health authorities are still actively asking Americans to follow instructions at home until the end of April.

Severe epidemic authorities in recent weeks have been asking federal governments and companies to speed up the production of ventilators to cope with a growing wave of hospitalized patients. On March 28, Mr. Trump said he would resort to the National Defense Production Law to direct ventilator manufacturing companies.

On March 30, Ford Motor Co. said it would produce another 50,000 ventilators in the next 100 days, and then produce another 30,000 units each month.

Source: https://behecare.com/

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