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"Year Ends With Record-Setting Month in U.S. for COVID-19"

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Shira Shafir, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health associate professor of epidemiology and community health sciences, about the scale of the pandemic

Friday, January 1, 2021

By nearly every measure, December was the worst month since the pandemic took hold in the U.S.

Thanksgiving gatherings, cooler weather and general fatigue from nine months of restrictions contributed to an onslaught of new confirmed coronavirus cases across much of the country, bringing with it the subsequent surge in hospitalizations and deaths that public-health officials had warned of.

New Covid-19 cases stayed above 100,000 a day throughout the month, and more often than not were closer to 200,000, according to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University by The Wall Street Journal. Of the country’s 20 million infections reported since the start of the pandemic, over 6.3 million new cases were recorded in December—far more than in any other month.