The US Coronavirus Death Toll Is Projected To Reach 410,000 in the Next 4 Months If Mask Use WanesSeptember 4, 2020 |
by Steve Almasy, Faith Karimi and Marcelo Garate
More than 410,000 people in the US could die from the coronavirus by January 1, more than doubling the current death toll, a new model often cited by top health officials predicted Friday. That would mean 224,000 more lives lost in the US over the next four months.
Near-universal mask use could cut the number of projected additional fatalities by more than half, according to the model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. But it also warns the cumulative death toll could be much higher by the new year if all restrictions are eased.