147,000 COVID-19-related deaths predicted in the US by August

The number is 10,000 more than it was projecting earlier this week.

News 12 Staff

May 13, 2020, 10:13 AM

Updated 1,531 days ago

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More than 82,000 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University and updated models predicts increased fatalities over the next few months.
Those models show 147,000 COVID-19-related deaths by August – that’s what the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington is predicting. That number is 10,000 more than it was projecting earlier this week.
"States have relaxed early, people have heard the message, they've gotten out, they've become more mobile, they're having more contact and we're seeing the effects already of that transition," says Dr. Chris Murray, Director of Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Univ. of Washington
Meanwhile, California State University is canceling most in-person classes through the fall semester and Los Angeles County might keep stay at home orders for the next few months, but ease some restrictions.
"We should never become too comfortable. We're learning to live with it, we are not moving beyond it. But it's important to not over-react and not to under-react," says Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Others, including President Donald Trump, want restrictions eased in hopes that it will help the economy recover.
Arizona is ready to welcome pro sports back – minus the fans.
"Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NHL, the NFL, MLS, are all able to participate and play in the state of Arizona after May 15," says Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.
However, most Americans still have concerns about the virus. According to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS, 58% say they feel uneasy about returning to their regular routines and 41% say the opposite.
The same poll says 40% of Americans say they know someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and 56% believe the government isn't doing enough to address the growing death toll linked to the virus.
 


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