The coronavirus situation in the United States continues to escalate with the country’s case total well over 550 and over 30 states reporting cases as of Monday. There have been 22 deaths.
Cases in the United States rose fivefold just over last week. But it’s important to keep in mind that these aren’t necessarily new cases. The boom in disease detection stems from ramped-up testing by state and local health departments in the past week, revealing a backlog of cases that in some places may have been spreading quietly for weeks.