Despite experts urging to reduce COVID-19 cases across the country, the US has continued to post high numbers in the past month. Experts fear that the fall and winter months could cause another COVID-19 surge. So, they wanted the government to try to head it off.
COVID-19 in the US
CNN reports that COVID-19 cases in the US continue to hold steady. Before President Donald Trump said he had COVID-19, the country’s average daily numbers climbed to 42,785. Since September 1, Johns Hopkins University has said that the numbers increased by 500. This number also doubled the averages in June, when the US eased lockdowns.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has led the chorus in warning of a possible crisis. They urged states and cities to impose strict safety measures to stop COVID-19 from surging. Stopping COVID-19 means wearing face masks. Experts say masks are the most powerful tool against the virus, while the world waits for a vaccine.
IHME models say that if 95% of Americans wore masks, they could save 96,000 lives by January. If not, the same models also predict that 3,000 Americans would die every day by the end of the year.
If Americans don’t take COVID-19 seriously, the models predict that over 370,000 people will die by January. Since the pandemic struck, more than 208,000 people have already died in the US. Over 7.3 million people have also caught the virus.
The IHME stands for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.