The fall surge has left nearly 50,000 people hospitalized across the US due to Covid-19, and experts say the strain healthcare systems are under could soon get worse.
Hospitalizations were on the rise in 47 states last month, according to the Covid Tracking Project, and a total of 47,502 people were hospitalized as of Sunday.
The rates come alongside a surge of cases that made October a record-setting month for coronavirus infections in the US.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, expects Thanksgiving to be an inflection point, and has said the American hospital system is going to be facing pressure similar to the early spikes -- when hospitals around the country were reaching capacity and healthcare workers were stretched thin.
We're right at the beginning of what looks like exponential growth in a lot of states," Gottlieb told CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday. "This is very worrisome as we head into the winter."
Experts have said that the impacts will likely continue to get worse as colder months drive up infections.