According to foreign news agency BGR, the rate of new crown virus infection is on the rise in 26 U.S. states. Infection rates fell across the U.S. for much of August, but leveled off toward the end of the month, just as schools began to reopen. Medical experts say the daily infection rate in the U.S. is still much higher than it should be after the fall, which could lead to another spike in infection rates.
As of Sunday, COVID-19 cases were actually on the rise in 26 U.S. states, CNBC reported. After analyzing data from Johns Hopkins University, CNBC found that new cases in 26 states rose by at least 5 percent, based on a seven-day average. On the other hand, data show a drop in cases in previous hot spots, such as Florida, California and Texas. Of course, this is relative, because each of the three states still reports more than 2,900 new cases a day.
The good news is that the total number of new cases in the U.S. has been falling for more than a month, but as the number of cases in the Midwest and southern states began to climb, the number of new cases in the U.S. last week stabilized at about 42,000. Health experts have warned on several occasions that autumn could lead to a second wave of new crown outbreaks as schools resume classes and people begin to gather indoors for weather reasons, and flu outbreaks could put hospitals at risk.
After schools resumed in Florida, the state reported 9,000 new cases of COVID-19 in children under the age of 18 within 15 days of August. In light of the disastrous impact on other cities and states, New York City Mayor Bill Beth Howe announced Tuesday that the start of the school year will be postponed from September 10 to September 16 in order to give teachers and staff more time to prepare.
However, other big cities, such as Chicago and Los Angeles, have opted for distance learning, but some students will return to the classroom on September 21 with parental consent.