CDC projects up to 90,000 U.S. COVID deaths in next 3 weeks

Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News

More than 90,000 people in the U.S. could die from COVID-19 in the next three weeks, according to projections from the Centers for Disease Control.

The forecast estimates that by Feb. 6, between 440,000 and 477,000 Americans will have died from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. If that prediction is accurate, between 53,000 and 90,000 people in the U.S. will die in the next 21 days.

The CDC’s projections are a compilation of predictions from multiple groups that have been tracking the pandemic.

The U.S. has been setting and resetting single-day COVID deaths records in the past two weeks, with more than 38,000 people dying in 2021 alone.

More than 387,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins data. That’s the highest death toll of any country and nearly double that of Brazil, which has recorded the second-most deaths.