Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The United States has confirmed 220,000 deaths from the coronavirus. The number of dead is likely higher. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data the number of excess deaths that would not have occurred if Covid-19 had not existed is around 270,000. Back in July, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), predicted that the U.S. would reach 220,000 deaths by November 1. Currently the IHME predicts that Covid will kill nearly 390,000 by Feb. 1. If fewer people wear masks and stop practicing social distancing then deaths will likely exceed 480,000, according to the model. Should the majority Americans simply wear masks, more than 70,000 lives in the U.S. would be spared.
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