The institute said that if precautions and commitment to wear masks were not tightened, the total death toll in the United States could reach about 770,000 by April, indicating that estimates put the death toll at mid-January, when the number of daily deaths could reach About 3,000 cases, compared to 2,500 per day now.
He added that vaccinations are expected to save 9,000 lives by April alone, and the number could reach around 14,000 if the rapid scale of vaccines is expanded to target people at greatest risk of death.
The institute said that if states in the United States tightened measures and the number of people wearing masks reached 95%, then 66,000 people could be saved, explaining that those who are required to wear masks now when they leave the house represent only 71%.
The institute predicts that by the end of the year, Covid-19 disease will be the second leading cause of death after heart disease.
For his part, Dr. Atonathan Rainer of George Washington University School of Medicine expected the death rate to double in less than two weeks, to an average of 4,000 cases a day.
The CEO of El Centro Medical Center in California, Adolf Edward, said that they had passed the breaking point, but the staff was “broken”.
He added: “We are at war with Covid,” he said, adding that he did not know when the epidemic might end and that he did not know how long his hospital team would last.