Will the United States experience a major health crisis? The death toll from the new coronavirus jumped to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, and the country has 68,572 confirmed cases, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. The United States ranks third among countries for the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 disease, behind Italy and China.
The number of people infected is undoubtedly much higher, meaning that the number of deaths recorded would be lower than the reality.
With 280 dead in New York City since the outbreak of the epidemic in central China in late December, it is one of the most affected states
At "Big Apple", the police reminded me of the containment rules that apply in the city on the megaphone. But the locals are not war worried: "I'm not afraid. I just want it to end. It's spring, I want to go out and enjoy my life" confides this woman in Central Park.
"Staying at a good distance, not going to overcrowded places and washing your hands when you get home, this is nothing very new for me" reassures a man.
However, the virus progresses at different speeds, depending on the state. At the moment, only one in four Americans is confined. And President Trump wants life to resume everywhere in 3 weeks at the latest.
Except that for Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, the hardest part is to come: "The health situation will undoubtedly be worse in April than in March. And in May, it will be even worse than in April. is the reality we are facing. To say that the situation could return to normal in April is absolutely inconceivable. "
Another sign of concern: there are fewer hospital beds per capita in the USA than in Italy, and more than 40% of the population is obese, a factor which increases the risk of contamination.