More than 31,000 COVID-19 patients have succumbed to the illness in the United States during the first week of the Biden administration, bringing the total tally of coronavirus-related deaths above 420,000.
As per Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 monitoring website, an estimated 31,180 people have died from the disease and the complications caused by it in the country.
As of President Joe Biden’s inauguration last week, the country’s total death count due to the coronavirus was 397,611. However, just a week later, the death toll managed to cross the 400,000 threshold. The toll has now reached 428,791 deaths.
On Wednesday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, said the U.S. death count may go over half a million by Feb. 20.
In an effort to curb the increase of COVID-19 cases and related deaths, epidemiology expert and chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci says he supports “double masking.”
In an interview on TODAY, the doctor said that it’s common sense that it’s more effective to have two masks on. He also said this common-sense notion is why some people decide to layer two masks on or wear a makeshift N95 mask.
Last week, President Biden mentioned that he expects that the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country will become worse in the next few months. He says he anticipates that the situation will get worse before it gets better. He also said that he is expecting a “dark winter” related to the pandemic.