University of Washington health experts predicted 300,000 Americans would die of Covid-19 by December, but they said it would be possible to save 70,000 people if people committed more in a muzzle.
The university’s newest Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation comes at a time when top White House infectious disease advisers have warned that major US cities could become new hotspots for the epidemic, if officials there are not ready to take countermeasures.
“People seem to wear masks and are more socially dispersed with increased infection, and shortly thereafter, as infection decreases, people give up their caution,” said the director of the institute, Dr.. Christopher Murray, when announcing the revised forecasts.
The institute indicated that infections are declining in pre-outbreak centers such as Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, and are increasing in other areas such as Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Virginia.
The number of deaths in the United States, the country most affected by the outbreak of the epidemic, exceeded 160,000, which is the largest toll in the world, while the number of infections known so far has reached about 4.9 million.