Just going to say I believe that number is misleading. When the pandemic originally hit we were not testing nearly as many people as we are now. I remember when it was a milestone for the US to get to 100k a day. Now we are close to 500k a day. I strongly believe and so does the majority of the scientific community that our case counts were actually much higher in March, April, and May before testing got up to these levels. So yes, we are seeing another large spike according to the official numbers, but the true infection rate is still probably below where it was in those earlier months. Maybe I'm being naïve, but I look at that as a good thing. I always expected cases to go up in different regions/states at different times.
There is only one major thing I would like to see changed about our response to this pandemic. We need to make mask wearing a universal requirement in any public places. This needs to be made by the federal government. All the studies show if we do that our cases will drop significantly and could even allow us to eradicate the virus.
Yes, the positive aspect of it is is now we have people that now know to quarantine and re-test even if showing no symptoms. When this first started you have to have serious symptoms and in many cases early on the were even limiting tests to only those that were considered at risk due to the limited access to testing.
With hospitalization data still somewhat elusive its difficult at times to gauge the seriousness. I know locally were well under capacity at the hospitals but those figures tend to be a few days old and you really have to dig to figure out how many are there in the ICU because of covid-19 many are just there in the ICU for other reasons. A recent local news broadcast said we were at 70% capacity but I had to dig online to determine that the covid figures were only 17%. That should
have been part of the news item.
Also perhaps being naive but for example way back when when they estimated a certain percentage of people in Los Angeles County to be positive extrapolating the numbers, now we have better data, but its not as scary was the numbers were when we primarily only tested severe cases like back when NY was dealing with a surge.
Still quite incomplete data but a significant improvement over april/may.