What We Know — and Don’t Know — about the Latest Coronavirus Infections

A San Diego County health nurse helps testing a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 testing site in San Diego, Calif., June 25, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
The recent increase in COVID case numbers is very concerning, but limited in what it tells us about the nature of the current spread of COVID.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he recent day-over-day increases in reported COVID-19 cases have generated public reactions that range from COVID fatigue to cautiousness to outright panic. In many places, the number of new cases being reported each day even eclipses the numbers seen at the prior peak of the pandemic in the U.S. this spring. Nationally, on June 26th, there were 40,588 new cases per day reported, compared to a peak of 44,726 on April 26th. The increases are being driven by certain states and regions. Two states that exemplify this increase are Texas and Florida. In Texas, on June 26th, there were 5,799 …

Jonathan Ellen is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and public-health academic who previously served as the CEO of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.


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