Epidemiologist Dr. Ali Mokdad advises people across the United States to "be very careful" and "change our behavior" as the nation approaches winter, the worst season of viral transmission.
Mokdad's research estimates that the United States could see more than 500,000 total deaths from Covid-19 by the end of February, more than double its current tariffs, if states continue to ease coronavirus restrictions.
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"We want to give public health a chance and that people can help each other by wearing a mask so as not to overwhelm our hospitals and ICUs," Mokdad told The News with Shepard Smith on Friday. Mokdad teaches at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
The United States reported a record number of more than 83,700 new daily Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The previous record high of approximately 77,300 new infections occurred on 16 July. The United States has reported more than 8.5 million cases of coronavirus and more than 224,000 deaths.
"We look at the relationship between the variables such as masks, mobility and testing – and knowing what we have seen in the southern hemisphere, that cases increased in winter even with all the measures they implemented – Covid-19 is seasonal," in Mokdad. "Unfortunately in December and January we will see an increase in cases and then deaths."
However, Mokdad said making lifestyle changes could reduce the spread.