Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from Covid-19 by Dec. 1—Thursday, health experts at the University of Washington estimated that 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks. The latest forecasts from the widely-quoted Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) University came as White House Infectious Disease Advisors cautioned that major U.S. cities could erupt as new coronavirus hot spots if officials were not diligent with counter-measures.
The US death toll of Covid-19 is more than 159,000, the highest of any country in the world, with almost 4.9 million reported cases. The IHME recorded that infections were dropping in the former epicenters of Arizona , California, Florida, and Texas, but increasing in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia. These findings are consistent with the Reuters high.
Although the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits decreased last week, astounding 31.3 million people received unemployment checks in mid-July. Certain data on Thursday showed a 54% rise in work losses reported by employers in July. On Thursday, the State Department lifted the March warning that US residents would stop all international travel as a result of the pandemic. Yet American passengers are also limited or banned in other parts of the world, including the European Union and Canada.