Eighteen states, most of them in the Midwest, reported record numbers of hospitalizations. Experts say the “catastrophic” surge in many conservative-leaning areas has its roots in a general distrust of the government that restrained public officials from imposing stricter rules.
As states ramp up restrictions, the Democratic governors of Illinois and Rhode Island are warning that new lockdowns could be on the way.
Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, said that paying people to stay home during a four- to six-week national lockdown would get the pandemic under control. But such a sweeping plan is not feasible, he told The Washington Post.