As the global pandemic continues to grow around the globe, the coronavirus known as COVID-19 is setting modern infectious disease records. It has spread from one country – China – in January, to infections spread across 169 countries around the globe. In Colorado this afternoon, cases topped 912; on March 19, there were only 277 cases in the state.
The numeric multiplication of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 is speeding up fast enough to strike fear in the hearts of infectious disease specialists. “This isn’t a freight train speeding across America, this is a bullet train speeding at us,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He could just as well have been speaking about the entire planet.
Consider the pace of the COVID-19 global spread:
67 days for the first COVID-19 cases to reach 100,000
11 more days for COVID-19 cases to reach 200,000
Four more days for COVID-19 cases to reach 300,000
Two more days for COVID-10 cases to reach 400,000
The global count reached 400,000 this afternoon. The numbers are rising faster than news media can write the alarming news … According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, within an hour of receiving that news, the global infection count rose to 414,000. Does this number mean that within a day we’ll reach 500,000?
The U.S. is rapidly gaining a reputation it does not want: nearing the epicenter of the pandemic. U.S. cases Tuesday morning were 49,519, with 813 deaths. By 5 p.m. Tuesday; 53,000. Who knows where the numbers will be by Wednesday morning?
In individual U.S. cities such as New York City, cases of the coronavirus are doubling every three days.We are not only not at the peak — we don’t know where the peak is. According to The New York Times , since the country was never able to test enough to be able to contain this disease – we are at the mitigation phase….and by all appearances, doing poorly at it.
According to the Our World Data Resource, the U.S. is tenth, compared to other industrialized country, in total COVID-19 tests performed per one million population. As of March 19, our country has tested 313.6 people per million residents. Seriously?
According to U.S. coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, 50 percent of the U.S. cases are coming from ten counties across America. The U.S. has 3,142 counties. Colorado has 64 counties. How soon before there are cases in every single county of the U.S. and its territories?
One of the best interactive dashboards of the situation is available at the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource center. View the Mobile version of the Johns Hopkins Interactive Dashboard. When you click on an area of the map it will show you county by county the number of cases, deaths, how many are active and how many people have recovered. Example: Chaffee County, CO: three active cases, no deaths, none recovered.
Ark Valley Voice staff contributing to this report include Adman Silverman, Jan Wondra, Mark Wiard.
Featured Map: COVID-19 Map Courtesy of National Public Radio 3.24.20