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- Time magazine showcases how devastating the third wave of the pandemic is becoming.
- Experts like Fauci blame cooler temperatures shifting more activities indoors.
After a tumultuous weekend that saw record-breaking numbers of new daily COVID-19 infections, data compiled by Time reveal the U.S. is experiencing its third wave of coronavirus outbreaks — a debatable statement, since the country never successfully contained the virus.
With the U.S. recording an average of 68,954 new cases per day over a seven-day as of Sunday, it has surpassed the same figures recorded in April, during the first wave, and July, during the second wave.
This data counter President Trump’s recent claim that the U.S. is “rounding the corner” regarding the pandemic.
Such astronomical figures have public health experts concerned that the forthcoming winter will be deadly, as COVID-19 coincides with influenza cases.
“We are entering into a risk period and we've got to act accordingly as we enter into that risk period," Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN in late September, as cases began to steadily increase.
"What worries me is that in those areas of the country, which is a large country, heterogeneous in many ways, if you don’t have the control now as we get towards the end of September, of getting such a low percentage that it is entirely manageable … when things change that work against you — and what works against you now is we’re getting into a weather season where people will be spending more time indoors," he stated. "Those are things I get concerned about as we get into October and November and December."