Nearly three million people will “most likely” die of COVID-19 around the world by the end of the year if governments don’t tighten social distancing requirements and people are no longer vigilant about wearing masks, a research group that Trump once relied on the administration warns.
The death toll in the United States, which currently stands at around 188,000, could more than double to over 400,000 by January 1, according to forecasts from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University’s School of Medicine. of Washington.
Nor is this the “worst case” scenario presented by the IHME in its sobering report. In that model, four million people would die worldwide and over 620,000 will perish in the United States from COVID-19, the researchers concluded.
In the “best” scenario, two million people will die worldwide by the end of the year and there will be 257,286 to 327,775 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.
“The worst is yet to come,” IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray cautioned in a phone call to reporters on Friday.
“We are facing the prospect of a deadly December, especially in Europe, Central Asia and the United States,” Murray said in a previously released statement. “But the science is clear and the evidence irrefutable: wearing the mask, stepping away from society and limiting social gatherings are key to helping prevent transmission of the virus.”
The United States now has more than 6.1 million virus cases and more than 188,000 COVID-related deaths, according to a tally by NBC News.
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the United States:
Fauci warns Illinois, 6 other states “at risk of surge” of coronavirus during Labor Day weekend
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has reportedly issued a warning to residents of Illinois and six other states to be especially vigilant over Labor Day weekend in order to prevent a spike in health. cases of coronavirus.
“There are several states that are at risk of a surge, namely North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois,” Fauci said in an interview with Bloomberg this week.
“These states are starting to see an increase in the positive rate of their tests; this is generally predictive that there will be a problem,” he added, according to Bloomberg.
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Biden confirms the test, says it will be tested regularly
Joe Biden said Friday he had been tested at least once for the COVID-19 virus and vowed he would be tested regularly during his general election campaign against President Donald Trump.
The Democratic presidential candidate told reporters about his testing protocol during a wide-ranging press conference where he blew up Trump for downplaying the coronavirus and thereby making sure he will continue to kill Americans and wreak havoc on the economy.
For much of the summer, Biden’s advisers deflected questions about whether the former vice president was being tested himself while anchoring his campaign almost exclusively from his Delaware home, traveling sparingly as a precaution.
“They will do this on a regular basis,” Biden said of the test.
He noted that the intelligence agents assigned to protect him and “all” others who enter his home are already tested. Biden said he didn’t know exactly when his next test would be.
“I just, ‘yes sir,’ showed up and put my head back,” Biden said. “I guess it will be sometime this week, but it will be a regular basis.”
Pac-12 Confident Sports will return with a new contract for rapid virus testing
The Pac-12 has taken steps to secure coronavirus testing that conference officials hope will make room for fall sports to start earlier than expected.
The conference partnered with Quidel Corp, the diagnostics company to receive FDA clearance for an antigen test earlier this year, to provide daily Covid-19 rapid tests to member colleges for student-athletes in the sports closely.
Larry Scott, the Pac-12 commissioner, hopes the program will help the conference shake off state and county restrictions in California and Oregon that have hindered team practices in multiple schools, allowing games to begin as soon as the end of the fall semester.
“I think today’s development will help persuade us that we can do it safely for our student-athletes and it definitely gives me a high degree of confidence that we will be able to start the competition in January, and now maybe even earlier with this big one. breakthrough, ”Scott said on CNBC’s” Closing Bell. “
The Pac-12, which includes 12 Western US schools such as Stanford University and the University of Oregon, followed fellow Big Ten in postponing the fall sports season that could be played in the spring semester. The decisions came as campuses across the country considered whether to host in-person, online, or hybrid classes as the country continued to grapple with a global health crisis.
Pac-12 schools are located in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Playing sports without fans in the stadium would still leave member schools with a revenue loss of approximately $ 50 million. A canceled season would put athletic budgets, which are generated largely by college football revenues, in even greater danger.
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3 deaths, 147 coronavirus cases now linked to Maine marriage
The coronavirus outbreak linked to an indoor wedding in Maine that violated participation limits is now responsible for three deaths and nearly 150 infected people, according to the state’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
About 65 people attended the Aug.7 reception at the Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground in Millinocket, about 70 miles north of Bangor, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. Executive orders from the Governor of Maine limit meetings to 50 people indoors, 100 people outdoors, and fewer if the space can’t accommodate five people per 1,000 feet.
At the end of August, 53 cases were linked to marriage. A week later, 134 cases were linked.
On Friday, 147 people who attended the wedding or got the virus second-hand due to someone attending the wedding tested positive for the coronavirus, Maine CDC spokesman Robert Long told NBC News.
Three of those people died, Long said. None of them had attended the wedding.
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