US Coronavirus Cases Rise, Continuing Pandemic Cycle : Consider This from NPR – NPR

Police stand guard outside of a rally with Vice President Pence at Weldall Manufacturing on Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis. Wisconsin is currently seeing a surge in coronavirus cases at the same time that the number of daily cases nationally is rising.

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Police stand guard outside of a rally with Vice President Pence at Weldall Manufacturing on Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis. Wisconsin is currently seeing a surge in coronavirus cases at the same time that the number of daily cases nationally is rising.

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Coronavirus cases fall, so people let their guard down. Cases rise, so they get more vigilant. That’s the cycle the U.S. is stuck in.

In most states across the country, the number of new coronavirus cases each day is up. That’s the situation in Wisconsin, where cases are surging. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Landrum spoke with NPR about what he’s been seeing the last several weeks.

As a whole, the U.S. is seeing around 50,000 new cases each day. That’s an increase from 35,000 a month ago. NPR’s Will Stone charts the course of the pandemic’s ups and downs over the last nine months, from early cases in Washington state to the current spread of the virus into rural America. And the predictions for winter are grim, as people are likely to spend more time indoors.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Lee Hale and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis and Joe Neel. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.