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Virologist Reveals Which States Could Suffer ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus Wave

With COVID-19 numbers rising in certain regions, most are banking on a vaccine to resolve the situation. But the reality of it all is that nothing has come close to seeing that happen. Efforts are being fast-tracked but there is no telling how many cases or deaths there would be by that time.

Hence, the best thing the human race can do right now is to follow the simple but necessary precautions, measures that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have repeatedly reminded everyone. Those are wearing masks at all times, observing social distancing and practicing proper hygiene.

What if people opt to ignore these simple measures? In a word, the result would be apocalyptic.

This early, there are already signs that some regions in the United States are heading in that direction. In a previous post, it was mentioned how states with the highest population are experiencing a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases. The three states showing alarming spikes in COVID-19 cases are Texas, Florida and California. Combined, these states account for 27.4 percent of the population. They are experiencing record-breaking cases with Florida and Texas experiencing 5,000 new COVID-19 cases daily, according to CNN. California is not doing any better, recording more than 7,000.

There is no telling if these bleeding numbers of cases can be checked. But for experts, unless something is done, the results will be catastrophic. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine showed in a model he made that this could result in an epic number of deaths.

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"That is really worrisome and as those numbers rise, we're seeing commensurate increases in the number of hospitalizations and ICU admissions," Hotez said. "You get to the point where you overwhelm ICUs and that's when the mortality goes up."

Among the states, the focus is on the Lone Star State, particularly in the Houston area. COVID-19 cases are rising and if this holds, it could be the new epicenter in the U.S. Dallas Austin and San Antonio are also showing surges in coronavirus cases. If not addressed immediately, it could indeed be apocalyptic.

"Unless we intervene by the weekend, we are potentially facing a humanitarian catastrophe over the summer," Hotez said.

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