As officials continue to push for precautionary measures, such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing to keep infection rates low, they have also spoken out against large gatherings.
The Center for Disease Control in Maine said the wedding August 7 in Millinocket received about 65 guests, in violation of the state’s mandate for 50 indoor events.
The event is linked to an outbreak of disease in a nursing home and prison, more than 100 miles from the wedding venue, and among people who had only secondary or tertiary contact with an attendee.
The director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Nirav Dr. Shah, residents of Maplechrist Rehabilitation and Living Center have recorded 39 wedding-related cases and six of the seven deaths so far.
Shah added, “The virus prefers gatherings.” “He does not distinguish between happy occasions like a wedding, or a sad farewell, like a funeral.”
Despite these grim warnings, about 1,500 people descended on a log house in New Jersey that appeared on MTV’s “Jersey Shore” Monday night, and ended up with eight arrests, according to Seaside Heights Police.
The event was organized by a group of YouTube scammers, according to Seaside Heights police reporter Steve Corman, and officials say they are now concerned about how to track potential infections among more than a thousand people.
Universities are trying to pre-empt the outbreak
Outbreaks have appeared in colleges and universities, confusing officials working to contain the spread.
More than 50,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in colleges and universities in all 50 states.
Citing a significant spike in cases among students, the University of Colorado at Boulder will move into a 14-day quarantine period for students who live within the city, according to its website.
Two students were expelled and three were suspended at the University of Missouri for violating rules requiring students who tested positive to be isolated and comply with social distancing.
Coronavirus could be in the United States as early as December
Although outbreaks attributed to the Coronavirus were not widely documented until spring, the virus may have spread in the United States as early as December, roughly a month earlier than the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes, according to researchers at the University. California.
A study published last Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found a statistically significant increase in clinic and hospital visits by patients who reported respiratory illnesses as early as the week of December 22.
The first known case of Covid-19 in the United States was believed to be of a patient in Washington who had visited Wuhan, China, according to the CDC. The case was reported in January.
But the number of patient visits to the emergency room due to respiratory complaints, as well as the number of people suffering from acute respiratory failure between December 2019 and February 2020, all increased, compared to the records of the past five years. Although the cases may be from influenza, the numbers are remarkable, Dr. Joan Elmore told CNN.
Dr Claudia Huyn, an infectious disease specialist at the University Hospitals’ Cleveland Medical Center who did not work on the study, said she believes it is possible that Covid-19 may have been in the United States much sooner than was initially recognized.
But Christian Andersen, professor of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research, disputed.
“We know from the genetic data of SARS-CoV-2 that the epidemic started in late November / early December in China, so there is absolutely no way for the virus to spread widely in December 2019. From the same genetic data, we know that the widespread spread has not Starting in the US until (around) February 2020, ”Andersen said in an email.
“The newspaper picks up false signals and it is likely that hospitalization is due to influenza or other respiratory illnesses,” Andersen wrote.
Return to normal is elusive
Some officials are preparing to continue the lifestyle changed due to the Corona virus for a longer period.
Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday that Boston will allow restaurants to continue to use private, outdoor and public street space and sidewalks to serve customers until December 1. This practice was supposed to continue until October 31.
“We are trying to help our restaurants keep using our outdoor space for as long as possible,” said Walsh.
And although researchers are racing to get a ready-made vaccine in the new year, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the chief scientific officer of the World Health Organization in Geneva, said on Tuesday that the world may not be able to start thinking about a return to ‘pre-Covid’. Life to 2022.
Swaminathan, speaking to reporters during a hypothetical meeting hosted by the United Nations Foundation, said that 60% to 70% of the world’s population will require immunity before there is a significant reduction in transmission of the virus.
“We look forward to at least 2022 before enough people start getting vaccinated to build immunity,” Swaminathan said. “So, for a long time to come, we have to maintain the same kind of procedures that are currently in place through physical distancing, concealment, and respiratory hygiene.”
Anna Sturla, Maggie Fox, Elizabeth Hartfield, Jennifer Feldman, Jacqueline Howard, Nakia McNabb, and Gisela Crespo contributed to this report.