The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has predicted that the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 could exceed 300,000 by mid-December.
Using projections from 36 models, the health agency says the country could reach between 294,000 and 321,000 deaths by December 19.
In the week ending Dec. 19, there are expected to be only 10,600 to 21,400 new deaths, according to forecasts.
The agency, however, noted that the models “make assumptions about levels of social distancing and other interventions” – meaning Americans can ease the blow if they are more stringent on public health measures. to stop the spread of the virus.
The United States has already recorded at least 263,000 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
Experts previously warned the country was on track to lose more than 511,000 lives to the virus by the end of February, the Guardian reported.