For months, that figure stood as the worst day in the pandemic’s spread at the national level.
The latest data show that, on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (June 23 and June 24), the U.S. surpassed that high-water mark, at more than 31,700 infections per day.
The state of the pandemic in this country is officially worse than it has ever been.
Assigning causes and effects to peaks and valleys in a dataset as complex as this one is a dangerous business.
And one cannot ignore the fact that many states began cautiously reopening public spaces around Memorial Day, about two weeks before the numbers in the U.S. took off.
For those days, this method uses an average of the previous three days, the current day, and however many days follow (two, one, or none).
Based on only the unaveraged daily values, the two worst days still lie in April, and that may be true for some time. »