The University of Washington is now projecting that there will be 230,822 U.S. deaths from Covid-19 through November, based on the current scenario.
As of July 22, the University Institute for Metrics and Health Assessment (IHME) predicts 219,864 total deaths from the virus by November.
The latest update reflects an increase of about 11,000 deaths due to increased infections and the refusal by some people to wear masks, to practice social distance, and to carry out other measures to alleviate the transmission of the virus.
Had the United States adopted universal mask wear, the number of deaths by November would drop to nearly 198,831, the projected model. The use of masks is not as expensive but as much as it should be with all nations. However, there has been an increase in mask wear across states and locations with an increase in cases and deaths, the IHME said.
“If 95% of Americans wore masks every time they left their homes, infection rates would decline, hospitals would decline and predicted deaths would decrease,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor of metrics sciences. health in the IHME. “Unfortunately, people leave their guard until the media reports the risk of increased infections.”
Some context: So far, according to Johns Hopkins University, more than 4.47 million Americans have been diagnosed with coronavirus infections and at least 151,674 have died.
“We want Americans to keep their watch to reduce the transmission of the virus. We don’t have effective medicine and vaccines are in their way, so prevention is important.” Mokdad told CNN.