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Coronavirus Death Tolls Skyrocket In California, Texas And Florida

The COVID-19 cases around the world continue to escalate and the numbers continue to rise with some trying to reopen their economies. In the United States, the three biggest states are having their share of problems with single-day death tolls increasing since the coronavirus outbreak.

California, Florida and Texas are trying to cope with the pandemic, with hospitals struggling to assist patients. People testing positive for COVID-19 is increasing. There are about 1 in every 4 tests who come back positive, something that may further go up. Related to that, a shortage of supplies is now happening.

As of this writing, there are now over 3 million cases reported in the U.S. Roughly 133,000 people have died from the coronavirus nationwide. These numbers are expected to grow further with reopenings now underway.

That said, Dr. Anthony Fauci, top infectious disease expert, believes regions hit hard by the COVID-19 should reconsider its reopening plans. New York seems to be headed that direction with Mayo Bill de Blasio banning large gatherings until the end of September, the Washington Post reported.

Speaking of reopenings, all eyes are now on Walt Disney World, which recently resumed operations to people who have season passes. The reopening comes at a peculiar time considering there has been a 130 percent increase of coronavirus infections in the last 14 days. Also, Florida reported a record-high of deaths recently, which further shrouds the theme park's reopening plans. Further complicating matters is that Disney plans to open its gates to the general public this weekend.

With these plans, the timing of Walt Disney World's plan to reopen could result in more cases of the COVID-19 spread. Unless something changes in the coming days, the best that can be done is to take the necessary precautions. That includes making temperature checks on employees and visitors, social distancing and practicing proper hygiene, CBS News reported.

"I don't think it's going to help us drive down our case rates. I think it's going to do the opposite,"  Dr. Terry Adirim of Florida Atlantic University said.

Looking ahead and if cases do start to break out at Walt Disney World, a likely measure to be taken is contact tracing. It is a practice most are doing but Fauci believes it will all be too late.

COVID-19 contact tracing Contact tracing amid the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to help countries and communities monitor the spread of the disease and prevent new outbreaks. Pixabay

"If you're going to do contact tracing and the test comes back in five to seven days, you might as well not do contact tracing because it's already too late," Fauci said.

For Fauci, the best measure is to take action now. Pausing reopening temporarily is the best measure for him. Unfortunately, most have not heeded his warning.

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