Florida is breaking records yet again.

Sheeraz Qurban

It is all over the news that the third time this week, Florida has beaten its own record of daily new Covid-19 cases. But why is it so? Why COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever in Florida? & How can we control this rapid spread of the virus?

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COVID19: Florida is breaking records yet again.

According to the data released by the Health Department: Florida, for the third time this week, has broken record of daily new COVID-19 cases. Some facts, which are drawn from the data released by the health department, are listed below.

  • On average, there are 19,215 new COVID-19 cases in Florida per day.
  • 13,747 COVID-19 patients: were admitted to the hospitals on Saturday.
  • 2,750 Patients: were admitted to the intensive care unit.
  • Florida is accounted for 19.1% of the entire USA’s daily new cases.
  • Based on the CDC report, Florida accounted for 19.1% of the country’s new cases on Friday. Though the entire population of Florida makes up 6.5% of the United States’ population.
  • 49.5% of Florida’s population is fully vaccinated: according to federal data.

These facts are sufficient to understand the fact that COVID-19 is rapidly spreading in the state. But why..? Why is the virus spreading faster than ever in Florida?

Why is COVID-19 spreading so fast in Florida?

If one tries to trace the root cause of this rapid increase in daily new COVID-19 cases, one may find various reasons which may have contributing to this latest spike in daily new COVID-19 cases. Below listed reasons could be the leading factors behind this rapid spread of the virus.

The RO Number Factor

The average number of new people who will be infected by each person with the virus is called the RO number.

For example, A is an infected person. Who comes into contact with three people per day. Now, these three people are vulnerable to the virus. There are very high chances that at least one of these three people gets infected by the virus. The RO number factor could be the reason behind this rapid increase in new daily cases.

Asymptomatic Spread

Some people are unaware they even have the disease. It is not necessary, that only people who have significant symptoms are COVID-19 positive. Authorities and researchers believe that COVID-19 can have minor or no symptoms at all.

How can we stop or slow down this rapid spread of the virus?

1. Avoiding redundant contacts. By controlling our socialization and limiting our movements and public contacts, we can control the growth of RO numbers. Which may ultimately reduce the spread of the virus.

2. The virus will fade away. If the person with the virus is infecting less than one new person on average. People who are affected by the virus or having symptoms must take precautionary measures.

3. By taking precautionary measures we can slow down the spread of the virus wear a mask and clean your hands. Keep a safe distance. Isolate yourself if you are having symptoms or if you are COVID positive.

4. By getting vaccinated

What Should we do?

  • The very first step towards the reduction of this rapid spread is social distancing.
  • If you are feeling ill or not you must reduce the number of your daily contacts. Social distance is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • If it is necessary to go out and make contacts, or if staying home doesn’t help you, you can still contribute to reducing the spread of disease by opting for preventive measures.
  • Use a mask, wash your hands and maintain distance during the contact.
  • If you are contracted with the virus, self-isolate yourself.
This is real, we must take it very seriously. Our future solely depends on us. The steps taken today will determine how this pandemic will look like in the coming days, weeks, or months. So do your part, take precautionary and preventive measures. Do it if not for yourself, do it for your family and friends. Do it for everyone out there. Together we can overcome this pandemic.

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