While hospitals around the United States report oxygen shortages as they treat primarily unvaccinated Americans, a recent University of Washington model said it is possible another 100,000 people could die from Covid-19 by December 2021.
That terrifying forecast could be prevented if more Americans get vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.
Around 80 million eligible Americans have still not received the shot and they are the very group who could turn things around, he said.
Officials are now urging this unvaccinated group to refrain from traveling over Labor Day as the US averages 160,000 new cases a day.
Children are increasingly in the firing line. More kids in the US were hospitalized with Covid-19 last month than any other time this past year — proving how seriously the Delta variant can hit any age group.
Between August 20 and 26, an average of 330 children were admitted to hospitals every day with Covid-19.
Experts say wearing masks in school can help to keep kids safe, and on Monday the Education Department’s civil rights enforcement arm announced investigations in five states to determine whether their indoor mask bans were discriminatory against students with disabilities.
“We can save 50,000 lives simply by wearing masks,” said Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington. “That’s how important behaviours are.”
So far more than 637,000 people succumbed to Covid-19 in the United States.