President-elect Biden has made a very grim forecast of an increase in coronavirus deaths in the United States as winter continues to approach.
Speaking at a virtual coronavirus roundtable on Wednesday, Biden urged Americans not to travel during the travel season to prevent the disease from spreading amid a nationwide peak in coronavirus cases. He expressed his sadness that he did not see his “big family” with whom he usually celebrates while recalling a small gathering on Thanksgiving while the others were on “Zoom.”
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“Christmas is going to be a lot harder,” Biden said. “And I don’t want to scare anyone here, but I understand the facts: we’ll probably lose another 250,000 people between January and January. Do you hear that? Because people don’t pay attention. People don’t pay attention.”
Biden later reiterated his call to reduce the virus and “replication rate,” as well as increase testing.
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, similarly warned that the winter months could be the deadliest the nation has seen in a pandemic.
“The reality is December, January and February will be rough times. In fact, I think they will be the most difficult period in the public health history of this nation, mainly due to the stress on our health care system, “Redfield said Wednesday. So we’re in this range, potentially starting to see 1,500 to 2,000 to 2,225 deaths today due to this virus … And I think, unfortunately, before we enter February, we may be close to nearly 450,000 Americans who have died from this virus. “
Redfield stressed, however, that if the public follows the various practices of social distance, wearing masks, and “don’t let his guard down at family gatherings,” such dramatic figures can be minimized.
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According to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University, nearly 273,000 Americans died from the coronavirus during the epidemic, while nearly 14,000,000 cases were counted. Roughly 1.5 million people have died worldwide.