United States sees over 5M COVID-19 cases: Johns Hopkins University

Henrietta Strickland
August 9, 2020

That death toll is predicted to swell to almost 300,000 by December, the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation's (IHME) model projects.

But consistently wearing masks can help relieve the situation, reminded the IHME.

The model calculated that if 95% of the people in the United States wore masks, that number could decrease to 228,271 deaths, saving more than 66,000 lives. "And more than 66,000 lives would be saved", said the IHME.

"The United States just passed 5 million reported infections of COVID-19", his Democrat opponent Joe Biden tweeted Sunday.

Murray said that people in the US practice such measures like wearing masks and social distancing more frequently as infections increase, but let their guard down and stop taking these measures as infections drop, which leads to more infections.

"We've had it and we're going to save American jobs and provide relief to the American workers", Trump said Saturday at a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he was spending the weekend.

"The public's behavior had a direct correlation to the transmission of the virus and, in turn, the numbers of deaths", Murray said.

People watch the city view on Top of the Rock Observation Deck in NY, the United States, on August 6, 2020.

Nearly five months into the COVID-19 outbreak, America also has the world's highest death toll of more than 160,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Health officials believe the actual number of infections could be 10 times higher, or closer to 50 million, due to testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said the United States is in a "new phase" in its fight against the pandemic.

"We recognize that, given mask wearing, the likely restrictions on after-school activities, and the potential for some parents to avoid engaging in school-related functions, our estimated impact of school openings may be overly pessimistic", Murray said.

Clusters of infections are also taking place in the country.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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