Health authorities in the U.S. saw the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday. Johns Hopkins University reported that the novel coronavirus has killed more than 1,040 people across the country.
New York City recorded 280 deaths, covering majority of COVID-19 fatalities in the country. King County in Washington followed with 100 patients dead, CNBC reported Wednesday.
Officials expect the numbers to continue rising as states struggle to contain the coronavirus. Hospitals have also been facing challenges in treating patients because of the national shortage of protective equipment.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert warned that Americans should prepare for a second cycle of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“What we’re starting to see in the Southern Hemisphere of Southern Africa and the Southern Hemisphere countries, is that we’re having cases that are appearing as they go into their winter season,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a recent White House press briefing. “If they have a substantial outbreak, it will be inevitable that we need to be prepared that we’ll get a cycle a second time.”
But the direct effects of COVID-19 on health are not the only reason people become at risk of serious complications and death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said illegally marketed products have been circulating around the U.S., promising to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent COVID-19.
“Because COVID-19 has never been seen in humans before, there are currently no vaccines to prevent or drugs to treat” the disease, the FDA said. “These fraudulent products that claim to cure, treat or prevent COVID-19 haven’t been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness and might be dangerous to you and your family.”
Federal Support To U.S. Citizens
The Senate approved a $2-trillion relief package on Wednesday to help affected communities amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. The bill would provide unemployment insurance, direct payments to citizens, additional resources for hospitals, states and municipalities and loans and grants to businesses.
House lawmakers are expected to discuss the coronavirus relief package on Friday.