The COVID-19 pandemic is reaching unprecedented and terrifying numbers in Arizona, one of the United States’ most affected areas. The American state counts a total of over 690,000 infections and more than 11,000 deaths. But the situation could get even worse, as an expert from the Arizona State University reveals the tragic possibility that the peak of the coronavirus surge still hasn’t come.
Abc15.com brings the unpleasant news of Arizona still waiting to be hit by the peak of the current COVID-19 surge.
5,082 patients hospitalized
5,082 hospitalized COVID-19 patients represent a record reported for January 11. Even so, it could be nowhere near the real peak. Dr. Joshua LaBaer, who is the executive director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, declared:
Those numbers fluctuate day-to-day,
I wouldn’t read too much into a little bit here and a little bit there. There is going to be day-to-day fluctuation and I’m not convinced that we’re really seeing a reliable reduction in ICU usage or in hospitalization yet.
LaBaer is even worried that COVID-19 can even surpass cancer and heart disease in Arizona as the leading cause of death in a 12-month timeframe. According to the Department of Health Services from Arizona, heart disease was the main cause of death in the American state in 2017, killing 12,285 people. COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020, meaning that it’s still two months away from completing twelve months. With 11,772 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, the coronavirus is pretty close to surpassing heart disease as the cause of death in the American state.
LaBaer also emphasized the importance of getting people tested for COVID-19 as much as possible, stating that the number of individuals who demand tests has decreased.
The overall situation in the USA doesn’t look any better, either. The country reported a total of over 25 million cases and more than 416,000 deaths caused by the pandemic.