The CDC Just Predicted Deaths Will Rise in These Areas
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, the CDC's latest projection of how many lives will be lost to the highly infectious virus continues to rise. As of Friday, the national health organization has projected that by the end of the month, August 29, more than 181,000 fatalities will be attributed to coronavirus. The good news? Deaths are decreasing in a few coronavirus hotspots. The bad? There are two areas that are expected to experience a spike in virus-related deaths. Read on for the CDC's predicted death rates, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Deaths Will Increase in Hawaii
After many months of keeping coronavirus under control, infections have been surging in Hawaii and Lt. Gov. Josh Green warns that hospitals in the islands will run out of ICU care space by the end of August if the island state fails to decrease their number of new cases. "This is a very sobering statement to make," he said. "If we continue with this trend all month seeing 150, 170 cases a day we will reach the point where we will fill up by the end of the month." Most infections are concentrated on their highest populated island, Oahu.
Deaths Will Also Increase in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has experienced a major surge in infections over the last few weeks, and has earned a spot on many quarantine lists across the country. The state currently has many measures in place to slow the spread of the virus including a mask mandate, a curfew, and the closure of bars, gyms, marinas, and movie theaters. Even beaches remained closed on Sundays, with the rest of the week reserved for people doing exercise.
Deaths May Decrease in These States
After becoming one of the county's coronavirus hotspots, infections in Florida have been decreasing daily. However, it is unclear if these dropping numbers are the result of testing locations being closed due to the Tropical Storm Isaias. Texas, another problem area in the country, is also showing signs of improvement, which could lead to a decrease in deaths. Other states, including Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands, are also predicted to see a drop in coronavirus related deaths by the end of the month.
The Prediction of Overall Deaths
"This week's national ensemble forecast predicts that weekly reports of new COVID-19 deaths may decrease over the next 4 weeks, with 4,500 to 10,600 new deaths reported during the week ending August 29," reports the CDC. "The ensemble forecast predicts that 175,000 to 190,000 total COVID-19 deaths will be reported by August 29." Keep reading to see how you can stay safe.
How to Avoid COVID-19
Until a vaccine is widely available, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19: Wear a face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.