CDC: U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Could Reach 233,000 by End of October


HealthDay News – COVID-19 deaths in the US could reach 233,000 by the end of October, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The prediction is based on data from dozens of independent models. “This week’s national ensemble forecast shows an uncertain trend in new COVID-19 deaths over the next four weeks and predicts that 2,800 to 6,800 new deaths are expected to be reported in the week ending October 31,” the company said CDC website.

COVID-19 has already killed more than 212,000 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In other COVID-19-related news, Hong Kong researchers are slated to begin human trials of an experimental nasal spray vaccine against the new coronavirus and seasonal flu early next month.

The early studies of the dual vaccine, which is designed to induce an immune response in the nasal mucosa, will involve about 100 volunteers, the Washington Post reported.

The experimental vaccine is one of dozens of coronavirus vaccines being developed around the world, but apparently the first to protect against the flu as well. Public health experts have warned the combination of the coronavirus pandemic and flu season could overwhelm hospitals, the Post reported.

Further information: CDC

More information: Johns Hopkins

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