Over the last few months, top health experts—including Dr. Anthony Fauci—have been warning that the COVID-19 pandemic could go from bad to worse over the fall and winter. As the temperature continues to drop in most of the country, coronavirus infections are on the rise, as are hospitalizations and deaths in many states. And, according to one of the top metric systems in the country, we may be heading into the most deadly quarter of the pandemic thus far. Read on to see if you’re at risk, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

How Many More People Are Predicted to Die From Coronavirus?

Per the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation updated model, the “fall/winter surge has begun” and it is likely that over 140,000 Americans will likely die from the virus in the next three months. Currently, they predict that there will be a total of 385,611 deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States by February 1, 2021. 

“Many states will face enormous pressure on hospital capacity and will likely have to re-impose some social distancing mandates,” IHME said. “The best strategy to delay re-imposition of mandates and the associated economic hardship is to expand mask use.”

According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, 32 states reported an increase in COVID-19 infections on Thursday. The United States added a total of 71,671 cases, marking the highest day of new infections since July 24—also making it the fourth highest total of the pandemic. Colorado, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah all reported their highest daily case counts. 

Hospitalizations and deaths are also starting to increase.  Over 41,000 people were hospitalized per the Covid Tracking Project, who reveal that the number has increased by 33% since the start of October. According to Johns Hopkins Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio ,Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming all reported record high hospitalizations. 

Johns Hopkins reported 856 deaths on Thursday, with a seven day average of 763. 

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Two-Thirds of Deaths Were Attributed to COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revealed that 300,000 more people in the United States died from late January to early October in 2020 compared to the average number of people who died in recent years. Two-thirds were attributed to COVID-19.  As for yourself, to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, wear your face mask and don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.


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