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U.S. Could Have Nearly 300,000 COVID-19 Deaths by December

If all Americans start wearing masks now, more than 66,000 lives could be saved

A key coronavirus model that's been cited by the White House now projects nearly 300,000 Americans may die from coronavirus (COVID-19) by December.

The University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said on Thursday it is now projecting 295,011 COVID-19 deaths by Dec. 1, but said more than 66,000 lives could be saved if people consistently wear a mask.

If 95 percent of the public were to wear masks when leaving their homes starting now, the latest projection for deaths drops by 49 percent to 228,271 deaths by Dec. 1. IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray said people's inconsistent use of coronavirus safety measures has become a serious problem. 

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