Researchers issued a warning Thursday that around 300,000 Americans will die of COVID-19 by December 1. Data from Johns Hopkins University show that COVID-19 has already killed 159,990 Americans. 

COVID-19 December Forecast

Researchers from the IHME created a model that projected 300,000 COVID-19 deaths by December. The IHME stands for Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In a statement to CNN, the institute said that their model predicts “295,011 deaths by December.

However, Dr. Christopher Murray said the US public can still counter the model. The US public has to take COVID-19 seriously by wearing masks and social distancing. If people follow health and safety measures, they can limit the death toll. Dr. Murray is the Director of IHME.

The IHME also said that the death toll would fall to 228,271 if 95% of Americans wore masks. By wearing masks, Americans can save over 66,000 lives.


COVID-19 November Forecast

Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci has expressed hope that the US can bring down its numbers by Election Day in November. He said that the US public would have to get serious about avoiding infection.

Dr. Fauci cited Arizona as an example. After suffering nearly 4,000 cases every day in July, the state has doubled down on its safety measures. Johns Hopkins now says that Arizona averages fewer than 2,000 new cases per day

How the US Is Dealing with COVID-19

State officials across the US are working to stop the spread of the pandemic. In Pennsylvania, state officials recommended delaying high school fall sports to next year. Mayor Bill de Blasio also extended New York City’s state of emergency for 30 more days by executive order.

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