We are pleased to report that 7-day averages of U.S. daily new COVID-19 cases have fallen below 100,000. Daily U.S. COVID-19 deaths are also declining from the peak of 2,300 deaths per day: Current 7-day averages are now below 1,800 deaths per day.
Daily COVID-19 deaths are likely to continue to decrease in the near term. However, respiratory illnesses traditionally worsen in the fall and winter months, and given low U.S. COVID-19 vaccination rates (65%), there is concern COVID-19 case and death rates will rise again in coming months. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projects the U.S. will reach a minimum of 800 deaths per day in late November before another rise as we move into winter.
Let’s make sure that we as physicians continue to advocate for continued efforts to contain the spread of this and other respiratory infections this fall!
Source: Global COVID-19 Tracker & Interactive Charts, 1Point3Acres
COVID-19 Projections, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
U.S. COVID Risk & Vaccine Tracker, CovidActNow