Today's In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 40,088,893
Global deaths: 1,114,391.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 219,679.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 27,525,530

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 8,155,894 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 219,679.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,357.
U.S. total patients recovered: 3,234,138
U.S. total people tested: 124,793,756

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 876,033 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,595,381 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 1,062,634 reported cases.

Now more than 40 million global COVID-19 infections, over eight million in US
There are now more than 40 million reported COVID-19 infection globally.  The milestone was crossed early Monday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, which puts the total number of infections at 40,088,893.  That represents a doubling of the number of global infections since August 11, when Johns Hopkins reported there were 20,113,592. 

More than eight million of the global infections are in the United States, where there were 8,155,894 reported as of Monday morning, representing slightly more than 20% of the world’s reported coronavirus cases.  That number was 5,095,163 on August 11, representing an increase of more than three million cases in just over two months.  The U.S. also reported 219,679 deaths as of Monday morning, an increase of about 56,200 since August 11 and also representing about 20% of global deaths.  As always, experts believe the actual number of infections and deaths is significantly higher, due to both unintentional and intentional underreporting.

The U.S. continues to lead the world in reported COVID-19 cases and fatalities.  The latest forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the U.S. will see a total of between 229,000 and 240,000 coronavirus deaths by the week ending November 7.  The previous CDC forecast was for between 224,000 and 233,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths reported by the week ending October 31.

Dr. Fauci “absolutely not” surprised Trump got COVID-19; says there’s “no doubt” masks work
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s “absolutely not” surprised President Trump contracted COVID-19.  His remarks came in answer to a question during a CBS 60 Minutes interview Sunday night, in which the nation’s top infectious disease doctor added he “was worried that [Trump] was going to get sick” when he saw the president attending the now infamous White House Rose Garden ceremony September 26, during which the president announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee.  Fauci called the gathering “a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask. When I saw that on TV, I said, ‘Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come outta that, that’s gotta be a problem.’ And then sure enough, it turned out to be a superspreader event.”

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also said there was “no doubt” that masks, including non-surgical cloth masks, help curtail the spread of COVID-19.  When reminded that he recommended against wearing masks at the start of the pandemic, then reversed his position, Fauci replied “When you find out you’re wrong, it’s a manifestation of your honesty to say, ‘Hey, I was wrong. I did subsequent experiments and now it’s this way.’”

Dr. Fauci also agreed when it was suggested the Trump administration had been limiting the number of media appearances he could accept.  “I certainly have not been allowed to go on many, many, many shows that have asked for me,” Fauci declared, though he added the White House restriction “isn’t consistent.”  Fauci also agreed when asked if he felt there has been “an all-out war against science” lately.  “[P]articularly over the last few years,” Fauci replied.  “There’s an anti-authority feeling in the world. And science has an air of authority to it. So people who want to push back on authority tend to, as a sidebar, push back on science.”

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