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While many people including myself are advising against any nonessential travel right now, you might want to really re-think your travels if you are heading to one of the following hotspots. There are currently three new hotspots you need to be aware of and I will give you some info on these places and what they are going through.
Detroit, Michigan is a new hotspot that is the one of the fastest growth rates of the disease in the nation. Detroit’s coronavirus rate is 83 cases per 100,000, which is nearly five times the statewide rate.
One in three residents in Detroit is impoverished so facing a massive outbreak in that city is something that many are not prepared to handle. There are also concerns over shortages of medical supplies.
I’ve seen reports of nurses in Detroit and healthcare professionals being forced to use the same mask all day which is obviously extremely problematic. They are currently awaiting a response for a disaster declaration.
Louisiana recently had the highest growth rate of the disease in the world. In particular, the city of New Orleans is getting hit extremely hard right now. There are a lot of factors at play in the city, including the recent co-mingling of many people for the Mardi Gras celebration.
They have declared a major disaster declaration in the state and that should help them receive more supplies and resources, which is very much needed given that they have a shortage of ventilators and other equipment.
Chicago could be expecting close to 40,000 hospitalizations in the coming weeks due to the outbreak. The mayor made sure to distinguish between hospitalizations and cases since it would be the former in this case. Also, things are getting so serious that the police are starting to fine people $500 for violating stay at home orders.
It is estimated that all three of these locations will see things get much worse in the next week so hopefully their dire need for medical supplies and professionals will be met.
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