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Coronavirus cases in America have just topped 153,000 in a day, breaking the record that was broken yesterday, which broke the record from the day before that. Meanwhile, we have 242,000 total fatalities due to COVID-19—and some cities are setting up field hospitals to deal with the overflow. Things are so bad, even Red States are issuing mask mandates and public health measures to mitigate the spread. "The data speaks for itself," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says; the coronavirus is out of control. As stay-at-home advisories and restaurant restrictions are issued, Americans are wondering if we're headed for another lockdown, as in the Spring. Read on to hear which states are headed that way, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Illinois May Quickly Institute a "Mandatory Stay-at-Home Order"
"As the state's COVID-19 infection rate climbs and hospitalizations from the virus continue their exponential growth, Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned another statewide 'mandatory stay-at-home order' becomes more probable," reports the Daily Herald. "The numbers don't lie," Pritzker said Thursday. "If things don't take a turn in the coming days, we will quickly reach the point when some form of a mandatory stay-at-home order is all that will be left….With every fiber of my being I don't want us to get there, but right now that seems like where we are heading." His comments come after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a stay-at-home advisory in her city, which starts Monday.
Rhode Island Says a Lockdown is "Where We're Headed"
"A Thanksgiving lockdown and the opening of a coronavirus field hospital seem inevitable as virus case numbers and hospitalizations surge, Gov. Gina Raimondo said at her weekly briefing Thursday," reports the Providence Journal. "That's where we're headed — full, total lockdown — if we don't start to get more serious and follow the rules," Raimondo said. "I can't see how we would not have a Thanksgiving lockdown." At her briefing next Wednesday, she will provide details on Thanksgiving regulations. So far, positive tests for the coronavirus hit a record 988 on Wednesday, and hospitalizations are at their highest since May.
Massachusetts Issues a Stay-at-Home Advisory—But Not a Mandate Yet
The Commonwealth isn't demanding people stay home, but is strongly advising it. "Beginning on Friday, November 6, 2020, all residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am," says a statement from the Department of Health. "COVID-19 case numbers in our state are rising and the Commonwealth's COVID-19 related hospitalizations and COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) census have more than doubled over the past 2 months. Social gatherings are contributing to these increases. Left unchecked, the current COVID-19 case growth poses a risk to our healthcare system. Intervention is warranted to moderate case growth and preserve hospital capacity. It's more important than ever to follow guidance from local, state, and federal officials on how to stop the spread of the virus."
Dr. Fauci Says We Don't Need to Lockdown Nationwide—But it's on the Table
Experts are calling the outbreak "Covid-hell" and a "Humanitarian disaster" so something has to change. Either we have to follow public health measures or more people will die, and governors will be forced to curb the virus. "I believe you have to be sensitive to the stress and the strain of lockdowns, the economic and psychological consequences," said Fauci. "I do not believe at this point that we do need to lock down. We have to leave that on the table. We're not going to just push it off the table. I don't think we need to do it because my experience is that when you, as a group, as a nation implement the public health measures that I mentioned to you, we can turn this around without blocking the country down."
Half of Americans Could Disregard Staying at Home, Even if Advised to Do So, Survey Says
Even if there were a lockdown, not every American would agree to comply. "About half of Americans in Gallup's latest polling on the COVID-19 pandemic, 49%, say they would be very likely to stay home for a month if public health officials recommended it due to a serious outbreak of the virus in their community," reports the polling agency. "This contrasts with solid majorities in the spring who said they were likely to comply with such shelter-in-place advice, including a high of 67% in late March/early April. Another 18% of Americans say they would be somewhat likely to follow public health officials' advice to stay home for a month, bringing the total inclined to comply to the majority level. But a full third say they would be very or somewhat unlikely to comply, about double the rate seen in the spring."
How to Avoid Dying During the Pandemic
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place, and follow Fauci's fundamentals so we don't have to lock down: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.