On March 1, the United States recorded its first death from the new coronavirus. No one imagined, then, the horror that would occur today. The country has become, in less than thirty days, the one with the largest number of confirmed cases (163,000 people and infected) and also has a heavy human toll (3,000 dead).
The pandemic has experienced a significant increase in the past week. Health officials in the United States have documented 64,533 new cases, and the total number of people infected has almost doubled in just three days. Beyond the numbers, the whole country seems to be overtaken by the ferocity of the Covid-19.
In New York, hospitals are already overwhelmed. Worrisome images taken near the one in Brooklyn have also been published on social networks. On these sad pictures, we see dozens of corpses deposited in a refrigerated truck using a cart. A similar scene happened in another hospital in the city. This weekend, it was a male nurse sharing a photo from inside a truckload of body bags. “This is the terrible reality of what we are dealing with,” the 38-year-old told Buzzfeed.
The new coronavirus has so far claimed 790 lives and more than 36,000 cases have been reported in New York. A situation such that the city was forced to start building temporary hospitals.
The fear is now to see the situation reproduce in other cities. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ leading expert on infectious diseases, has warned that other American cities may see epidemics similar to the epicenter of New York.