The pandemic surge in charts

Over the objections of public health leaders, some of President Donald Trump’s advisers want him to focus on protecting very vulnerable people, like nursing home residents, but otherwise reopen the economy and schools and let the virus spread among the broader population and try to build immunity. Nursing homes cases, however, are already beginning to rise.

The nation failed to get control of the virus during the early months, putting the country on a collision course with seasonal factors that are now beginning to supercharge the winter wave. Cold weather means people gather indoors, where the virus spreads more easily than in the open air. Virologists believe lower indoor humidity also hobbles the human immune system’s defenses against the coronavirus, further fueling transmission.

Here’s what the data shows on cases, hospitalizations and deaths: