Coronavirus projection model says U.S. could see 395,000 deaths by February

A coronavirus prediction model says US could see 395,000 deaths by Feb. 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Coronavirus cases are increasing in nearly every state in the U.S., and there’s a new prediction on what the outbreak will look like after the holidays.

A coronavirus prediction model says the United States could see 395,000 deaths by Feb. 1.

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The model comes from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The university’s projections also say COVID-19 deaths will peak in mid-January, with 2,300 people dying each day.

If 95% of the country wore a mask, the model predicts 79,000 fewer deaths.

On Friday, the World Health Organization said it recorded more than 350,000 cases of COVID-19 in one day. That’s the highest global number of daily cases since the pandemic began.

Dr. Deborah Birx, who is on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said community spread is now happening with small gatherings of family and friends.

She said Americans must protect one another by wearing a mask and washing your hands regularly.

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