If you’ve been thinking that the coronavirus is under control and that international travel might be opening up sooner than we thought, you may want to hold that thought for a little while.
New cases of coronavirus are now rising at a rate faster than ever worldwide.
Since May 21, there have been only five days where cases have been under 100,000 a day.
That’s a lot of cases and a big problem.
But there are some regions where things are much worse than others and also these numbers are likely the result of more widespread testing so it’s not all doom and gloom.
First, let’s just take a look at the chart to see what we’re working with.
As you can see, North America hit an Apex in mid-April.
There’s no doubt that was the product of dramatic social distancing and shut downs across the continent. You can see the numbers as they went down toward the beginning of May and for the most part stabilized until recently beginning to increase again.
This increase coincides with the re-opening up of many economies around the country. But it also coincides with more testing that’s being done.
So the big question for the US is how much worse are things spreading now than they were in March when things were getting out of control and health care systems were threatened?
I think it’s still going to take some time for the data to roll in and reveal that.
I’m sure that new cases will continue to rise but with the social distancing policies in place and things like masks being mandatory in so many locations, I don’t think we will experience another exponential surge like we did in the past.
But in other parts of the globe, things are less under control.
If you look at the cases for Latin America, for example, things are rapidly escalating there.
Things are also getting heated in the Middle East and Africa where the rate of transmission is also accelerating.
Daniel Gillaspia is the Founder of UponArriving.com and the credit card app, WalletFlo. He is a former attorney turned travel expert covering destinations along with TSA, airline, and hotel policies. Since 2014, his content has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, and CNBC. Read my bio.