A million Americans may not live until spring – gloomy scenario for the Spread of COVID-19 in the USA

Under the optimal scenario, by the end of February, more than 511,000 residents of the United States will die from the coronavirus.

This forecast was announced by analysts at the University of Washington against the backdrop of how the United States is breaking records for daily infections. Over the past day, almost 85 thousand new cases have been registered in the country.

AstraZeneca, which halted trials of its vaccine last month due to serious side effects, has already announced it will resume testing. Johnson & Johnson plans to return to testing soon. Despite this, the companies are still a long way from presenting an effective drug.

The University of Washington warns that the situation with the spread of COVID-19 in the United States will worsen, and by February 28, the number of deaths will exceed 511 thousand people. This is 2.5 times the current figure, but is not the worst-case scenario.

Analysts do not exclude a catastrophic development of events. If states continue to ease quarantine measures in the coming months, the coronavirus death toll in the United States will surpass one million by the end of February.