For the first time in three months, the United States has recorded more than 2,000 corona-related deaths in one day, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
In the last 24 hours, 2,060 deaths and 58,000 new cases of infection were reported, according to an overview on Friday night.
The last time the United States recorded more than 2,000 corona-related deaths in a 24-hour period was May 7. In recent days, the daily average has been around 1400 deaths, while earlier this summer it was around 1000.
At the same time, CNN reports that researchers estimate that the death toll could reach almost 300,000 by 1 December 2020.
But the model can change if Americans consistently wear masks.
The US forecast is 295,011 deaths by December, the independent research institute “Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation” at the University of Washington writes in a press release.
The United States is hard hit by the virus and is approaching 4,900,000 cases of infection. Recently, the country passed 150,000 deaths related to the coronavirus, and now the United States is approaching 160,000.
The researchers’ estimates come on the same day as the US National Infection Control Center (CDC) published a forecast that estimated a total of 181,031 deaths by August 29, writes CNN.
IHME Director Christopher Murray emphasizes that the audience’s behavior is directly related to the transmission of the virus, and thus also to the number of deaths.
According to the researchers’ calculations, the death toll will be reduced to 228,271 if 95 percent of Americans from today wear face masks or similar when they are not at home.
– We see a roller coaster in the United States. It seems that people wear masks and keep their distance more often when the number of infections increases. After the infections have subsided, people are not as vigilant and stop taking measures to protect themselves and others. Which of course leads to more infections. And the potentially deadly cycle begins again, says Murray.
Higher infection rates?
Towards the end of July, a review article in the renowned medical journal British Medical Journal (BMJ) revealed that the real infection rates in the USA may be much higher than reported.
The BMJ article looked at the results of a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
The researchers performed antibody measurements at various locations in the United States and concluded that it is “likely that there are more than ten times more SARS-CoV-2 infections than the number of reported covid-19 cases.”
The findings can be explained by people who have had mild or no signs of illness, or patients who have not sought medical treatment or been tested.
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