Biden puts forth virus strategy, requires mask use to travel
New York officials are pushing for more COVID-19 vaccine doses as the effort to speed up inoculations collides with a lack of vaccine. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the city will run out of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine sometime Thursday without fresh supplies. The U.S. mask order for travel being implemented by Biden will apply to airports and planes, ships, intercity buses, trains and public transportation. As part of his COVID-19 strategy, Biden will order the establishment of a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to ensure that minority and underserved communities are not left out of the government's response. Biden is ordering FEMA to reimburse states for the full cost of using their National Guards to set up vaccination centers.
Covid-19 deaths could nearly double in U.S. by April despite rollout of vaccines, report warns
(low level inmates) and Sheriff officers and morgue staff help move bodies to refrigerated trailers deployed during a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths, outside the Medical Examiner's Office in El Paso, Texas, U.S. November 14, 2020. The number of people in the U.S. killed by Covid-19 could nearly double in the next several months despite a nationwide vaccine rollout, health researchers warn. The country is expected to approve and begin distributing one or more vaccines as early as December. IHME researchers forecast that the expected vaccine rollout only reduces the death toll by 9,000 before April 1 and said a rapid vaccine rollout targeting high-risk individuals could save 14,000 more lives. The country reported more than 227,800 Covid-19 cases on Friday, a record since the pandemic began, while 2,600 people died, according to Johns Hopkins data.cnbc.com
New forecasts show why masks are the easiest — and cheapest — way to save U.S. lives
Consistently, the most effective — not to mention cheapest and easiest — way to reduce deaths was to increase the number of people wearing masks. Scenario 1: States continue to remove social distancing measuresAKA: The Do-Nothing ScenarioThis is the worst-case scenario among the five the researchers considered. In this case, the researchers found that there would be 415,654 COVID-19 deaths through the end of February. That’s still about 96,000 fewer deaths than in Scenario 2, but 33,856 more deaths than in Scenario 3. That’s also nearly 21,000 more lives saved compared to states shutting down again at the eight-daily-deaths-per-million threshold but not implementing rules on wearing masks.latimes.com
The U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 200,000, and it's just 'the tip of the iceberg'
The U.S., which accounts for roughly 21% of all confirmed Covid-19 deaths around the world despite having only 4% of the world's population, is battling one of the deadliest outbreaks in the world. And the country continues to report more than 750 Covid-19 deaths every day. 'Real people'IHME previously forecast that the U.S. would report more than 410,000 Covid-19 deaths by Jan. 1 due to the prospect of a "deadly December." She added that the death toll of 200,000 likely underestimates the total number of deaths caused either directly or indirectly by Covid-19. The Texas Department of State Health Services has reported more than 698,300 cases of the virus and over 14,900 Covid-19 deaths.cnbc.com
As virus rages in US, New York guards against another rise
FILE - In this May 27, 2020, file photo, medical personnel work in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in New York. Some health care workers are heading to other states to help fight the virus, reciprocating the influx that gave New York hospitals some much-needed relief just months ago. Yet with the virus tearing through the South and West, Cuomo warned Friday it would eventually rear up again in New York. "The question is one of timing.As cases spiked in March and April, New York became the nation's coronavirus nightmare, with New York City at the crux of it. New York has taken reopening relatively slowly and braked, postponing the resumption of indoor restaurant service in New York City, after cases began surging elsewhere.
Model: Coronavirus deaths are expected to go down before a sharp rise in September
Daily deaths are expected to decrease through June and July, then remain relatively stable through August before rising sharply in September, the model forecasts. It means that between 800 and 1,000 Americans are going to die every single day," Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told CNN. Arizona's Director of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to ensure bed capacity. North Carolina recently broke its record with 780 coronavirus hospitalizations by early Thursday, according to the North Carolina Healthcare Association. Though there is plenty of hospital capacity left, state officials are concerned about increased trends in hospitalizations when restrictions first eased, then again after Memorial Day weekend.
Brazil coronavirus deaths could surpass 125,000 by August, US study says
Without such measures, the institute's model shows Brazil's daily death toll could keep climbing to until mid-July, driving shortages of critical hospital resources in Brazil, he said in a statement accompanying the findings. On Monday, Brazil's coronavirus deaths reported in the last 24 hours were higher than fatalities in the United States for the first time, according to the health ministry. Brazil registered 807 deaths and 620 died in the United States. Washington's ban applies to foreigners traveling to the United States if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks. 2 coronavirus hot spot in number of confirmed cases, after the United States.cnbc.com
U.S. coronavirus deaths projected at over 74,000 by August
REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo(Reuters) - The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus outbreak could exceed 74,000 by August, according to the University of Washingtons predictive model, often cited by White House officials and state public health authorities. The figure bit.ly/2VJEEev is down from about a month ago, when it projected around 90,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States. IHME director Christopher Murray said the death toll would climb if states reopen their economies too early. U.S. coronavirus deaths surpassed 56,000 on Monday, according to a Reuters tally tmsnrt.rs/2VGfMnU. The United States has by far the world's largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases at more than 993,000.feeds.reuters.com
Coronavirus could kill 81,000 in U.S., subside in June - Washington University analysis
(Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic could kill more than 81,000 people in the United States in the next four months and may not subside until June, according to a data analysis done by University of Washington School of Medicine. The analysis assumes close adherence to infection prevention measures imposed by federal, state and local governments. The United States has reported around 70,000 cases of the virus and more than 900 deaths since January. Globally, it has infected more than half a million people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The University of Washington has been at the center of the outbreak in United States, which first was detected in the state of Washington and has so far killed 100 people in that state, according to date from Johns Hopkins University.feeds.reuters.com