Washington University projects 300,000 Covid-19 deaths in the US

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The number of Americans killed by Covid-19 as of December 1 could reach nearly 300,000, University of Washington health experts predicted on Thursday, although they said that 70,000 lives could be saved if people are careful. and wear masks.

Customers wait in line at store to buy food at Los Angeles market 08/05/2020 REUTERS / Mike Blake

The prediction made by the Institute of Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) comes as White House infectious disease advisers warn that large U.S. cities may become new hot spots for the disease if they are not vigilant with countermeasures. 

“We are seeing a roller coaster ride in the United States. It seems that people are wearing masks and practicing social detachment more often with increasing infections, and after infections start to fall, people let their guard down,” said Christopher Murray, director of IHME, when announcing the new projection of the university. 

The total number of coronavirus deaths in the USA has surpassed 159,000, the highest in the world, with 4.8 million registered cases. Brazil is the second most affected country, with 98,493 deaths and 2.9 million cases.

IHME said the number of infections is declining in states that were previously considered epicenters, such as Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, but growing in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia. The findings are consistent with Reuters’ scores. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, said on Thursday that he tested positive for Covid-19 before a planned meeting with President Donald Trump, but said he was not experiencing symptoms of the disease. 

Tennessee and North Carolina reported record increases in single-day deaths on Thursday, with 42 and 73, respectively. 

The American epidemic, once centered in the densely populated New York City, has since infected communities from coast to coast. Experts believe the spread was caused in part by summer vacation travel. 

“This is a prediction of problems ahead,” Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s leading infectious disease expert, told CNN. 

Fauci spoke after White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx identified new areas of concern during a conference call with state and local officials on Wednesday. 

The cities of Baltimore and Atlanta remain “at a very high level”, as are Kansas City, Portland, Omaha, and the central California valley said Birx on the call, whose recording was obtained by the non-profit journalism organization Center For Public Integrity. 

On the positive side, doctors and healthcare professionals today have a better understanding of what they are dealing with, said Khalilah Gates, a specialist in critical lung care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “We don’t know everything about it, but it is no longer a fear of the unknown.” 

Trump has demanded that state and local authorities reopen public schools for face-to-face education and Fauci has said that children should be sent back to classrooms as soon as possible, but many school districts in the country, including two of the largest, Los Angeles and Chicago, opted for online classes.