(CNN)The US has added more than half a million new Covid-19 cases since hitting 10 million on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

At this rate, the number should pass 11 million in the next four days, making for the fastest addition of another million yet, John Hopkins data show.November already was crippling for American communities battling Covid-19 spikes in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Experts warn it will likely get worse before it gets better. For the 10th day in a row, the US reported more than 100,000 infections, and the total since Monday hit 556,961. On Thursday, with its highest number yet at more than 153,000 new infections, the country inched closer to what one expert predicted could soon become a devastating reality — 200,000 cases a day.Two states this week surpassed 1 million total Covid-19 infections. For the third consecutive day, the country set a record for hospitalizations, which now total more than 67,000.Read MoreCalifornia becomes the second US state to top 1 million Covid-19 cases, after TexasCalifornia becomes the second US state to top 1 million Covid-19 cases, after TexasCalifornia becomes the second US state to top 1 million Covid-19 cases, after TexasIn one part of Texas, officials have requested more mobile morgues. In Massachusetts, hospitalizations have increased by 200% since early September. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned Thursday the state was in the “worst part of this pandemic to date.””The curve that we had flattened? Right now, that curve is a straight line and it is straight up,” she said.An ensemble forecast published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects up to 282,000 deaths by December 5 — almost 40,000 Americans dying in the next three weeks. And a projection from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) shows nearly 2,000 people could be dying of Covid-19 every day by the end of December. ‘Less is more this Thanksgiving’Public health measures touted by officials for months — including face coverings, social distancing and regular hand washing — could provide much needed help. More than 17,000 lives could be saved by the end of the year if 95% of Americans wore face masks, according to IHME projections. Maine wedding outbreak offers a cautionary Covid-19 tale for the holidaysMaine wedding outbreak offers a cautionary Covid-19 tale for the holidaysMaine wedding outbreak offers a cautionary Covid-19 tale for the holidays“If we do the things that are simple public health measures, that soaring will level and start to come down,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS “This Morning” on Friday.If Americans lower their guard, “We’ll continue to soar,” Fauci said. In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu reported most new cases of the virus are occurring from gatherings where people did not wear masks. “If there are circumstances where it’s a family member that’s not in your immediate family, even if you’re in your own house, you and that member should probably be wearing a mask,” the governor said. “The virus doesn’t care that it’s Uncle Bob.”Experts have cautioned against big gatherings and have urged Americans who want to visit family to quarantine for 14 days. “Separation should be the norm” this Thanksgiving, Dr. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University, said Thursday. “We don’t want to give the virus while we’re giving thanks.”Study: New, mutant virus strain spreads more easilyResearchers also now say they’ve found more evidence that a mutant version of the coronavirus that has overtaken an older strain to spread across much of the world is more easily transmitted — but does not appear to be any more dangerous.And it hasn’t changed its physical shape so should be just as vulnerable to the body’s immune response whether natural or induced by a vaccine. Montana emergency doctors warn Covid-19 has their community on 'the brink of disaster'Montana emergency doctors warn Covid-19 has their community on 'the brink of disaster'Montana emergency doctors warn Covid-19 has their community on 'the brink of disaster'The research team, led by two experts in the genetics of viruses — Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — studied the so-called D614G version of the coronavirus. The team’s findings validate earlier studies that showed the new strain spreads more easily and also supports evidence the mutation hasn’t made the virus more likely to cause severe disease. The mutation might help the virus thrive better in the nose and upper respiratory tract, which would help it spread. ‘Targeted vaccinations’ to start December or January, official saysMeanwhile, a top US official said Thursday every American who wants to get a vaccine will be able to do so by April. “Initially, in December and January, we’re going to be having very targeted vaccinations, also helped in large part by some of our largest chains, like Walgreens and CVS,” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNN. There will likely be enough vaccines for “all of our most vulnerable citizens” to get vaccinated in December, he said, followed by “all of our senior citizens, as well as our emergency first responders and our health care workers” in January.'We can do this better,' say doctors critical of administration's Covid-19 antibody treatment rollout 'We can do this better,' say doctors critical of administration's Covid-19 antibody treatment rollout 'We can do this better,' say doctors critical of administration's Covid-19 antibody treatment rollout “By the end of March to early April, we think across all of the vaccines that we have invested in, we have enough for all Americans who wish to get vaccinated,” he said.While the US doesn’t yet have an authorized Covid-19 vaccine, drugmaker Pfizer announced Monday that early data on its vaccine shows it is more than 90% effective. Officials widely expect the company to be able to apply for emergency use authorization by the end of the month.

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