The United States could see more than 200,000 deaths from Covid-19 by October 1, a closely watched model predicted late Monday as states continue to reopen.
More than 2 million have been infected by the virus and 116,125 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Though many states are seeing improved conditions, the pandemic has not yet reached its conclusion. The projection comes as 18 states are still seeing an upward trend in new cases.
Health experts expect a second wave of the virus’ spread. And continued loosening of restrictions may make the impact of the next outbreak worse, said Ali Mokdad, one of the creators of the model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.