The total number of deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic has now passed 200,000, the world’s highest death toll.
The country has recorded nearly 6.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the virus was first identified.
According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, a surge in new infections in the autumn and winter could result in a total of 415,000 American deaths by January.
As colder weather forces people indoors, it is feared that this could spur a new wave of infections unless people maintain their vigilance to stop the spread.
Experts continue to implore people to wear face masks to limit the aerosol spread of the virus and continued adherence to a handwashing regimen.
They also advise that everyone get their annual flu vaccination.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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