U.S. to Overtake China With Most COVID-19 Cases In a Matter of Days

COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are skyrocketing. Scientist believes governments should look at a different metric to gauge growth of pandemic.
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A man crosses the street in a nearly empty Times Square, which is usually very crowded on a weekday morning. New York City has become a major epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. | Image: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
  • COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are skyrocketing.
  • Large states are projecting millions to be infected in the coming months.
  • A scientist believes that government agencies should look at a different metric to accurately gauge the growth of the pandemic.

The United States is now the third country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 46,168.

Within ten days, the number of confirmed cases the country skyrocketed nearly 2,000%. As shocking as it may look, statistics show that the U.S. will have the most number of coronavirus cases in a matter of days.

U.S. Likely to Overtake Italy and China Before the End of March

The situation in the United States appears to be going from bad to worse. A Financial Times chart illustrates that the U.S. has overtaken China and Italy in trajectory.

In other words, the number of cases in the U.S. is expected to double roughly every two days.

In Italy, cases are projected to double every three days while China’s trajectory is flattening. Though China could be misleading their figures after ordering foreign journalists to leave the country.

The number of COVID-19 cases is soaring more in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world
The number of COVID-19 cases is soaring more in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world. | Source: Financial Times

With the current rate of infection, it won’t be surprising to see over 350,000 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. by the end of March.

Large U.S. States to See Tremendous Growth in Coronavirus Cases

The novel coronavirus is hitting New York state the hardest.

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency directive Monday as COVID-19 cases across the state approached 21,00. The governor says that about 40% to 80% of New York’s population is going to be infected by COVID-19. That number means there will be 7.8 million to 15.6 million New York residents infected.

New York is not the only state that would be devastated by COVID-19. California Governor Gavin Newsom warned that more than half of the state’s 25.5 million population could be infected in the next two months.

In New Jersey, analysts predict that 1.3 million state residents could contract COVID-19.

Scientist Say People Should Not Panic Over Surging Cases

While the projected COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is horrifying, a leading scientist says that people are looking at the wrong metric.

Princeton scientist Sam Wang explains that the surge in the number of  cases indicates improved testing. To get an accurate picture of the pandemic, he says that government agencies should track the number of deaths per day.

Tracking cases per day does not accurately illustrate the growth of the pandemic
Tracking cases per day does not accurately illustrate the growth of the pandemic. | Source: Twitter

Wang explains that when the doubling time of deaths goes above three days, the worst of the pandemic should be over. Currently, the doubling times for China is 35 days while it is 12 days in South Korea. In the United States, confirmed deaths double every three days.

Many countries are already in the recovery stage
Many countries are already in the recovery stage. | Source: Twitter

If Wang’s analysis is correct, it would appear that the U.S. is about to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But things are likely to get worse before they get better.

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